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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 214, May 20, 1860

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Identifier: DX02998699

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 214, May 20, 1860

Description: Describes a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.



[Edmund] Stedman and his Wife.

came down like us on Saturday, but by the Red Bank boat. With him [Stedman], Baldwin and [George] Boweryem for a morning’s ramble into the adjacent wood and by the little stream, talks about the Phalansterians, Boweryem’s “duel,” “Momus,” Pfaff’s “Bohemians” and things in general. At dinner introduced to Stedman’s wife [Laura]. Very nice-looking, brown hair, no unpleasant Yankeeisms in her speech, as I think. Pretty name, too — Laura. She, with her children, a sturdy boy of 3 and a baby; has left the Unitary Home to reside here for the summer, her husband coming down from the city once a fortnight. With such a wife, I should be hardly content to be pent in the hot city, and away from her pleasant face and the green trees. He has the post of “First Reporter” on the “Tribune,” is a good fellowx, rather opinionative, short in stature, with a large, high-bridged nose, eyes a little too near together, otherwise good-looking. He admires [Alfred] Tennyson most of all poets, as his writings indicate, would like to travel, to reside in Italy, as his parents do, affects no universal patriotism, but a special regard for New England, his birth-place, praises old England, but exhibits the usual Yankee prejudice against her now and then,

x A very great mistake.

coverage:New Jersey

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-05-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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