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world acquisite snob & prig as he is.   /      Saturday evening, Brightly & Charles
Brown came,  with Alfred Brown.    Talk awhile in
the Swintonian Office,  adjourning all to Shades anon.
Parted with them about midnight, albeit they wandered
on imbibing an hour longer.        Not well this week,
queer,  dull, weary, irritable & matagrabolized.
  30.  Sunday.   A quiet day at Mr Greatbatch s
till 8 in the evening.    Then off, and called at Mrs
Kidders.       She was there, two young fellows (one  
the nothingarian Ward;)  and Lotty, who jumped up
ran to the door and shook hands with me   both hands,
  and again.       And presently she sang    Auld Robin
Gray   and such songs as I love.     Right well I
do know that to be out of sight is to be clear out of
mind with her, that there is nought stedfast and true
in her likings and mislikings, that miserable dupe
must the mortal be who relyed or placed faith in her
wayward nature;   yet knowing all this, how her
face, smile and voice witched me!    How I loved
to look at her.   Mid all the rattle and battledoor
& shuttlecock conversation that ensued  I felt a sort
of bitter, sorrowful, pitying, misanthropy to think of
this girl s married and empty life.       She asked me
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder's residence and hearing Lotty sing.
Date:1853-01-29
Subject:Brightly; Brown, Alfred; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Songs; Ward; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.