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ranean sort of room in the rear whither Lotty had to descend  to between
the intervals of her singing.     She was there,  dressed in
white, with flowers in her hair and recieved the praises of
two fellowed who came in with us, (I ve met  em at Beach
Street before,) in a  it s-only-right-to-worship-me   style.
That made me laugh.        I asked her if the folk applaud-
ded her enough.            Sedgwick was there, moustached, patent-leat-
her booted &  professional  looking.     Meantime little Whytal
was busily trying to uncork a porter-bottle with a broken pocket
knife, which having effected he handed the contents with much
affection to Lotty, which she with gusto despatched.        I relished
the incongruities, white dress, bouquets and beer immensely.
Presently Lotty told us all to pack, wanting to undress
& dress for walk home, and running out into the little
rostrum commented on the abrupt descent of the stairs to the
retiring room.     How did it look?     Why you looked as
if you took a three-feet jump down each time!  quoth I.
 Your e a snob!  said she.      And so we parted, and
I walked down Broadway to my room,   laughing intensely
with silent rib-aching merriment at the recollection of the
whole evening s business.        Oh manly, [words crossed out]
frank, humbug scorning Thackeray!   thou who didst
so delectably touch off Miss Castigan in Pendennis,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes the scene in Lotty's dressing room after her performance at Sedgwick's concert.
Date:1853-06-13
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Sedgwick; Thackeray, William Makepeace; Whytal, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street; Broadway
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.