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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 24, July 14-17, 1853

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Identifier: DX04052733

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 24, July 14-17, 1853

Description: Describes an evening visiting Lotty Kidder at Beach Street.

dancing cellars, negroes & negresses. Vice and crime rampant in bye streets, good things of day fast abed and asleep. To my room [290 Broadway] & reading half the night through.

15. Friday. Down town calls. Return to room, Mr [Henry] Hart came, and presently [Charles] Welden. He had shaved off beard and moustache, and until he spoke I did not recognize him. Just returned from Niagara. Talking, all, and drinking claret. They left, I to dinner, and Brooklyn. Evening visited Wood’s Minstrels. To the Gymnasium at close. Found Mr Hart, Dillon [Mapother], [Alfred] Waud, Yatman & Etting [Solomon Eytinge] at Erfords, and anon [Charles] Damoreau came.

All there till past 11. Walked with Mr Hart to Jersey Ferry, parting at midnight, then back to room, witnessing a serenade to President [Franklin] Pierce at the Astor House by the way.

16. Saturday. Stirred out scarcely at all, save for meals. Writing article for the [New York] Times. Waud with me afternoon & evening. A brief stroll out at night together.

17. Sunday. Breakfasted down town at Goslings, then in-doors during the greater part of the day, finishing article for Times. Waud down stairs, in [Alfred] Swinton’s room, drawing. No one called all the long sunny day. With Waud during the afternoon. Evening, he declining to take a walk, I rambled off to Beach Street. Lotty [Kidder Whytal] was at the window, talking with Gordon, a well meaning sort of vapidity enow. Mrs — I forget her name, — chatty little widow lay on the sofa, sick and silent. Talk, lively. One or two quaint personalities I chanced to say to Lotty, set her practicing her queer little insolences, half natural, half assumed as they are. She mocked and moved, put her face near to mine, plucked

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
African Americans


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