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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 14, June 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02674285

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 14, June 10, 1860

Description: Regarding his thoughts about Mary Bilton on her birthday.



Mary Bilton’s Birthday.

and Eliza [Edwards]. Stayed till 12, as usual.

A good part of this day, I have been thinking of the fact that it is the anniversary of Mary Bilton’s birthday. (It’s strange and yet familiar to find myself writing that name again.) She must now be thirty-five or thirty-six — I think the latter, though I used to willingly cheat myself into the belief in the minor age, she abetting; both of us preferring to suppose her only one year older than I. Now, after ten years — eleven — have passed, when it’s all dead and buried, what does she appear to have been to my present judgment? and how am I affected by her memory? I think I’ll put it down.

She was a very lovely girl, certainly. I remember my sister Naomi [Gunn] using those very words, describing her, after our John Street party, which introduced her to our folks [Samuel and Naomi Butler Gunn]. She had beautiful silky-brown hair (I have a little braid of it, now, done up in a true-lover’s knot) — almost invariably worn in smooth and soft, in plain braids (what was then called Madonna fashion) though I have recollect her appearing on rare occasions in ringlets. Her eyes were gray-blue, of no unusual size, earnest and grave enough on occasion and sometimes merry,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-06-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Birthdays


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