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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 16, June 10, 1860

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Identifier: DX02675747

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 16, June 10, 1860

Description: Regarding his memories of Mary Bilton singing.

Transcription:

Mary Bilton.

to rally her. Her figure was quite womanly, her shoulders (how often have I stooped to kiss them, when she sat at the piano!) and bust were beautiful. She possessed a delicious contralto voice, clear, sweet, and musical; it used to affect me with an intensity of pleasure, akin to pain. When she came home, from the Harmons’ school and Kennington, I remember, and sang, in the dear old King’s Road front parlor; there was quite a crowd collected in front of the area. I dare say they had an indefinite impression that she was a professional. She knew a good many songs, some of which I can hardly hear, now, without a bit of a pang. She worked hard in the family, which was rather Micawberish, though never to the extent of downright penury, doing all sorts of things, even, I suspect, helping to scrub floors. They never had regular servants, though more charwomen and hangers-on than would have absorbed the wages of one. Mary could cook a dinner, make her arm dresses and bonnets, dance and show as well in a ball-room as though she were ignorant of all but the latter — before she took to religion. She was good-humored, frank, sometimes rude, scarcely

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-06-10

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Music
Women
Piano
Performance

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