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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 180, April 12-13, 1859

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Identifier: DX03346594

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 180, April 12-13, 1859

Description: Regarding William Leslie's flirtation with Miss Fisher.

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presents are no such loving knick-knackeries. Sundry shears, a knife, a book on farriery &c.

13. Wednesay. Writing, phonography &c in the forenoon. Letters to George Bolton & Dillon [Mapother]. Down town in the afternoon, to Century & Post Offices. Returning met [A.F.] Banks & Wild, severally. Writing. Out at night with [William] Leslie. He has been temporarily thrown out of employment of evenings, by Miss Fisher and her mothers leaving the house for the country. The girl was not unpleasant looking, had nice hair, but also a flat chest — being "delicate" id est consumptive and subject to bleeding at the lungs. With her Leslie philandered after his clumsy style, commencing by sitting in the parlor, of nights and becoming unnaturally interested in old Mrs Cooper’s cackle — when the girl was present. They then got to whist, with Mrs Pot [Catharine Potter] and Miss Pierson. The susceptible Scotchman had advanced as far as jocularity proposing a visit to the theatre (with the girl — omitting her mamma for confidential or economic reasons, or both) when they left. Leslie's the biggest boy I know in affairs of this sort. All afire after a petticoat at first, then subject to an ague-fit of backing-out and dread of having committed himself, when he flounders in the absurdist manner. Withal he believes himself to be very much of a favorite with "the ladies" — perhaps is so. He half-reckons on his money affording him this species of entertainment, and it does — with one sort of girls. But to mark how thoroughly and ingrainedly selfish the

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-04-12

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Scots
Courtship
Boardinghouses
19th century

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