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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 79, January 16-17, 1859

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Identifier: DX03264491

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 79, January 16-17, 1859

Description: Mentions passing Walt Whitman on the street.


six emetics! He declared that he could not love even "a carnivorous Angel." The spelling was frequently defective, the style indicated the earnestness and conceit of the writer, and the whole set us laughing like Olympian Gods. Another, terse enough, read thus: "Sir; I am in love with with a pretty girl and my affection is reciprocated; but her parents (d__n em!) object to our marriage. Now shall I let her slide or run off with her — I'm inclined to adopt the latter alternative." In another, an Ann Harbor man wanted to be informed what a young fellow was to do, when having asked a girl at a ball whether he might 'squire her home, he subsequently ascertained that she lived ten miles off and proposed returning on foot

17. Monday. To New York again — passing the "kosmos" Walt Whitman by the way. How does that man — a unique character in his own way — live? He has a mother, an industrious brother and one idiotic. I sup the second maintains the family. Then too, there is or was some middle aged Philadelphia lady a widow of indifferent character, who admired him and whom he spunged from. And [James] Partons $200 might have sufficed to let him "loaf and lie at his case" for a long time. To [Constellation] Office, working like a fiend, paragraphing, proof-reading &c till 3 P. M or later. [George] Roberts present. Wrote a note to [Charles E.] Wilbour & [Ed] Underhill, latter came over, had talk with Roberts, undertook the job of reporting, phonographically, the piece "Our American

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-01-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Authors


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