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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 22, July 11-13, 1853

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Identifier: DX04050933

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 22, July 11-13, 1853

Description: Describes his return to New York from the Catskill Mountains, and comments on his love of children.

as a sorrowful fact that I shall walk through life alone, never knowing the dear privileges, the trust, the faith, the unutterable tenderness of Loving and being loved. And yet, methinks now it’s harder to give up the hope of hearing the word “Father” than “Husband.” I never see a pretty child but it sets me musing after this fashion. I long to own them, to pet them, to love them and teach them to love me, — to make an ass of myself to any extent for them. There’s nothing more beautiful in Gods’ earth than children. They are the only sincere people I know, out of books. / All to bed at about 11, a little room to ourselves with four berths in’t. Snug cleanly beds, hot atmosphere. [Alfred] Waud in the lower berth was soon asleep, as was Dillon [Mapother]. I and Mr [Henry] Hart talked awhile; anon he dropped off, I lay looking out at the solemn moonlight on the water, the dark moving river banks, & occasionally at a passing soul, thinking over many things till I fell asleep.

12. Tuesday. New York by 4 o’clock. All ashore & parting I walked to my room [290 Broadway], opened closed blinds, admitted sunlight & had a good wash. Anon down town to breakfast at Goslings, called at Post Office, at Bunnell & Price’s, at Wells & Webbs, & [Thomas] Strongs. Drawing all the afternoon. Mr Hart & Dillon called once. Evening to Beach Street. Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder up stairs whist playing with [Moses] Morse, &c Lotty [Kidder Whytal] came. Talking with her till 11, then left.

13. Wednesday. Down town to breakfast, Picayune Office & Strong’s. Divers folks called at my Office, [Richard B.] Hutching’s &c.

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-07-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Children
Diaries
Travel
Parenthood
Transportation
Steamboats
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
Whist

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