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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.

Transcription:

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
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
New Year
Holidays
Women
Boardinghouses
19th century

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