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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 115, April 7-9, 1858

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Identifier: DX03497117

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 115, April 7-9, 1858

Description: Describes taking a walk and meeting Lotty Kidder on the street.


and the Pic Offices. [Fitz James] O’Brien at the latter. Return, to bootmakers. Back to dinner by 3 1/2. Phonography etc. at night.

8. Thursday. Drawing &c. [Mortimer] Thomson came up, subsequently dining with us, he, with his family [Anna and Sophy Thomson] and the Parton’s [James Parton and Fanny Fern], all going to the Crystal Palace Charity ball, [Jesse] Haney accompanying. Down town in the afternoon. Rain. Pic Office. O’Brien and [Frank] Bellew there. [Robert] Gun and [Frank] Cahill. All at Delmonico’s. Thomson & [John] Mc Lenan came. There two hours or more, drinking, loafing, talking and wasting time. It was very dreary. Up town with Cahill. Supped at Honey’s.

9. Friday. In doors, doing chores &c, some phonography, more reading till 5. Out of sorts, dissatisfied with self, so turned out for a rapid walk down Broadway. The first block I meet — Lotty [Kidder]! She had just passed me when we both stopped recognizing each other. Told me she was playing at Laura Keene’s, had been down South (which I knew) and gave me her address. “Mrs Alleyne” still. She looked very well, her hazel-black eyes as brilliant as ever and her black hair worn after the old fashion, in thick clustering curls round that witching, irregular, yellow-freckled, beautiful face. And when she smiled ‘twas her old arch, strangely infantile, wilful smile showing her beautifully white and regular teeth. She asked me to come and see her, and spoke of “her bear” being jealous, and so we parted. I walked down to St Pauls, in a mood of bitter musing and profound sadness, thinking of life and its responsibilities. It’s now nine years since I came to this country. What have I not seen and done since then? And how much nearer am I to a home and —— Let me stick to my Phonography. Went back and devoted the evening to it. At the supper-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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