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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 151, April 12, 1860

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Identifier: DX02936312

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 151, April 12, 1860

Description: Describes a visit to Billington and meeting one of his pupils.

Transcription:

Billington in Clover.

of Alfred Lane [Arthur Ledger], I wonder? However I know the man pretty well from the report of others, to-day adducing fresh testimony, of which anon. Writing till past noon, and to Spring St. with [James] Morris, return and more scribbling. By 4 to Billington’s lodgings, a pleasant, quiet house in Beach Street, within sight of St. Johns Square, the spring grass of which looked delicious in the cool, sunny afternoon. A fair-haired, fair-necked girl with a pleasant face, one of Billington’s pupils, opened the door to me and I found him in a decent upper room, smoking cigars of the family’s providing. Gossipped [sic] half an hour. He takes his meals at an adjacent boarding-house, gives lessons to the girls in English (or rather American) &c. I saw the ‘tother, on my way out, brightly-dressed, pre round-hatted, short-skirted and young. Papa a Broadway tradesman, his wife more attractive than her daughters, says Billington. Down-town, to half a dozen places. At supper, fetched from the basement, by the advent of “two ladies.” Lotty [Kidder] and a friend of hers, married daughters of Houston Street boarding-house landlady. Talked awhile with them, then out to squire latter round the corner, but pursued my walk with Lotty, on her allowing her friend to enter unaccompanied. Into Broadway and up

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-04-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Boardinghouses
19th century

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