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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 228, December 24-25, 1853

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Identifier: DX04213626

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 228, December 24-25, 1853

Description: Describes B.G. Stone's clothing and appearance.


I am a sinful creature, that I pray God I may believe in him better than I do. [Alfred] Waud is not an unbeliever, nor yet a believer. He doubts, or rests indifferent. His father [Alfred Waud, Sr.] was a brutal, negation sort of Deist, and Marshall the Gold beater worse. He therefore has no home. Christianity to fall back on. / [Frank] Hillard chimed in occasionally, on my side, but only talked ancient commonplaces.

25. Sunday. Christmas Day, God bless all. A cold, bright, fresh sunny day. Got the room cosy, and Waud & [B.G.] Stone called, as agreed to go to [E.H.] Chapin’s together. Stone hath picturesqued himself to a mighty extent of late. A demi-loose, silk velvet coat, wide loose sleeves, with a profusion of buttons and braid all up the arms, so as to shew the shirt or under garment, or to hang loose at pleasure. A wide brimmed beaver, curved up o’ one side, his long dark hair longer than ever, Vandykish beard, and large melancholy-sort of eyes, — he looked as if Charles the First had walked out of a picture frame. He was a perfect Anachronism in New York streets. The fellows very tall too, — I think if it were not that he looks a “tall fellow” in [William] Shakspere’s sense, he’d get insulted. Men try to think him a Snob, and women admire him. To Church, and heard a noble sermon by Chapin, on our yesterday evening’s topic. He went over all we had travelled, and more. A noble Christmas Sermon!

Returning, called in at Stone’s lodging, left him, and off for Brooklyn. An excellent dinner, then upstairs in Waud’s room [at the Fulton Hotel] for an hour, then presently a walk out, to [Joseph] Brightly & Mrs Warners boarding place. I’d got a note yesterday, from Brightly, inviting me, and as Waud had promised to go, I ac-

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Dates: 1853-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Christmas
Clothing and dress


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