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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 49, December 21-23, 1858

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Identifier: DX03139684

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 49, December 21-23, 1858

Description: Describes attending a lecture by Oliver Wendell Holmes.


till the afternoon. Called on [William] Blakeman. Writing at night.

22. Wednesday. Down town, to Constellation Office. Park Benjamin there & [George] Roberts, lot of people in front of the counter, carts outside, carpenters, painters and compositors at work. In the sanctum. Roberts too busy to "make an arrangement," old Benjamin talkative as usual. Asked if I'd done editorial on the N. Y. stage — and on my mentioning that I was going to hear [Oliver Wendell] Holmes lecture proposed my reporting it, wrote note &c. Back and to work writing till evening, then to Clinton Hal. House pretty full half an hour ahead. Got in front, subsequently moving into reportorial quarters — only one other there. Holmes is not at all a distinguished looking man, smallish, prim, thoughtful and very Bostonian — [Frank] Bellew whom I met subsequent to the lecture characterized his physiognomy as that of a "mean-looking [Ralph Waldo] Emerson." It's painful to write it, but "the Autocrat" really looked something like the Professor — our Professor [Martin] — Mrs [Catharine] Potter's Professor. The lecture was admirable throughout — more of deep thought than humor. As I jotted three fourths of it down, I shan't repeat the labor here. Holmes came up to us at the conclusion, giving me a printed synopsis of his lecture, scissored from a newspaper. [James O.] Noyes of the Knickerbocker was there, also young [Frank] Wood, Bellew’s new editor — not Frank Leslie's [John A.] Wood.

Back blazing away at editorial, finishing it by 12 or thereabouts.

23. Thursday. To Benjamin's, read editorial to him,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Lectures and lecturing


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