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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 47, December 30-31, 1857

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Identifier: DX03440490

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 47, December 30-31, 1857

Description: Describes a letter from Alf Waud and a conversation with Mrs. Church.


time "—" satisfied with the idea of the money he [Alfred Waud] could make if he chose" Writes Alf: "I perceive in Frank Leslie's one of those unpleasant caricatures which Sol [Eytinge] makes x x also several attempts at idealizing himself in illustrations of the Christmas poem. The Sol must be rapidly getting a very heavy personage." The former is true enough. Sol always does idealize himself in his serious drawings. / The engraver [John] Watson — Allie Vernon’s former "protector"—is in Boston now.

In doors all day. Rain, mud and misery without.

31. Thursday. Talking with Mrs Church, I learn that it is dubious whether the Kentucky lady seduced by her rascally husband committed suicide. She gave birth to a child, which she committed to negroes, and may have died in child-birth. / Down town in the morning, to Leslie's, Pic Office &c. Afternoon, working. Called at [Celina] Jewell's at night; returning, in [William] Leslie's room, where he and a Dr Norval were playing euchre, anon in [Jesse] Haney's. A calm, mild, light night, succeeding a windy day, in the afternoon of which was a violent five-minutes storm. Looking out from my window — the old year is dead, and this entry an anachronism — the city would seem unusually quiet, but for the poppings and banging of pistols and fire-arms with which fools are profaning a solemn event. Some Americans would celebrate the Day of Judgment by letting of pistols.


Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-12-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Newspapers
New Year


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