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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 191, January 1-4, 1856

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Identifier: DX03986396

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 191, January 1-4, 1856

Description: Describes how he spent his New Year's Day in 1856.


January, 1856.

1. Tuesday. Through the deep snow and pleasant sunshine (which at once form cradle and benediction to the new-born year,) to [James] Partons, there to give him greeting and a M S for our book. A cigar together and walk round Washington Square. Returned to [132] Bleecker, and had an unsatisfactory day. [William] Levison had carried “Shorts” (as Sol [Eytinge] as nicknamed the minor [William] Waud) off with him to make New Year’s calls, [Jesse] Haney had gone (after 12) to the Edwards’ and only Sol and I remained. Dinner was delayed till 6, Mrs Potter (our boarding house mistress) and others sitting in state receiving visitors. Levisons’ inane, ungrammatical, slanderous, fashion aping, vulgar minded wife [Mary Levison] doing the like in her room, with her precocious, unabashed, everyway obnoxious child [Ellen Levison] abetting, and sharp eyed with respect to presents from visitors. Sol a little “blase”, or to use his phrase “knocked.” I reflective on Chacombe and home. To Edward’s [745 Broadway] in the evening. Parton not there. Had gambols, but slavish time of it altogether.

2. Wednesday. “Shorts” off for Norwich Connecticut. Haney takes his bed, wherefore I have n the attic to myself.

[3. Thursday through 4. Friday] Down to the old den once or twice for things there left. Writing the Phisiology of Boarding Houses. Pretty closely at work. Letters from [Joseph] Greatbatch at Philadelphia. Very cold weather. Sol drawing some little, loafing infinitely more. [John A.] Wood in frequently. He is a whiskered, clean shaven, educated Englishman, who teaches

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-01-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
New Year
19th century


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