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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 203, July 7-9, 1857

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Identifier: DX03779361

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 203, July 7-9, 1857

Description: Describes a visit to the Brooks family in Hudson.


we talked about books, Foster left at his wife [Tilly Foster]'s summons and I 'squired Miss Mary Foster home an hour later.

8. Wednesday. Over to Hudson, as promised. Learning from Mrs [Maria] Brooks and that Nina [Brooks] had with a lady-friend taken a walk to the Cemetery I went thither. It is on rising ground, and overlooks the city. Found the girls sitting on a bench among the flowers and leaves. The friend was a Miss Isabel Jacot, a New Yorker. A girl of 17, so well developed as to look older, with a pleasant face, good sense and home ways about her, and, as far as I could judge, no affectations. Sat and talked and strolled about the cemetery grounds, then back to the house. It is a brick one, painted of a sober brown, standing modestly back from the street line, approached by a little garden, which also runs along one side (where it is overlooked by a stoop) and expands in the rear. A spacious, scrupulously ordered old-lady’s house, wonderfully clean, possessing a great number of Chinese curiosities in the parlors. (One of Mrs B's sons went, before the mast, to China.) We dined, very nicely, in the basement. Talked with the girls, read, dozed &c all the hot afternoon. All — including the old lady — took a walk to a sort of esplanade overlooking the river, in the evening. I walked sometimes with both the girls, sometimes with Nina. Back by 9, and to sleep in — oh! such a home-like little room!

9. Thursday. With the two girls for — to them — a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-07-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women


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