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called at Dob s by the way, I tarrying his leisure  in
the little boot-makers shop.      Dob hath been writing to &
boring Waud to talk to Brown.  /       In to the cars,
and up one of the avenues, then alighting, an hour
spent in finding the house,  Charley having mistaken the
avenue.        This effected, at length.      Into a spacious
handsomely furnished room of a stylish up-town boarding
house; some ten or twelve persons of either sex therein. Alfred
Brown there.    Introductions &c.  (The Society meet once
a week thus, at the houses of members.)        Closed doors
while they read their minutes &c, then all issuing forth into
the huge sitting room, the  business  or pleasure commenced.
Firstly one member read something from  Richelieu  rather
dismally, then a lady-member, 
favoured us with a scathing denunciation of tobacco, which
she had concocted.          She was not to blame,   but Brown s
brother who gave her such a dismal subject to descant upon,  
what the deuce could she do, but the moral & statistical.
Then Charley gave a recitation right well   Campbell s  Two
Spirits.         I followed with tolerable success.       Anon some
singing &c, then dancing, then forfeits.   All this latter
part was pleasant enow.     There was one handsome, fair-
faced woman, with exquisite bust and figure, innocent-looking
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Mentions attending a ''Amusement & Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society'' meeting organized by Alfred Brown, including both men and women.
Date:1853-02-10
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brown, Alfred; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Speeches; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.