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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 116, April 9-11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03497954

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 116, April 9-11, 1858

Description: Regarding William Leslie's financial success in his business.

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table there was [William] Leslie displaying a $250 diamond brooch which he had taken as “collaturrral security.” For $100, of a customer, and speculating whether the man would ever be able to reclaim it. Also he was receiving Mrs P [Catharine Potter]’s mild jocularities about his “getting rich” as a rich and successful man does receive such. This Scotchman, at five and twenty, has conquered the world, can go to and fro to his wooing, give his girl [Bella Farr] handsome presents (not the diamond brooch, though!) marry when he will and buy a house to live in. He shows me the letters he writes, and talks after his sanguine selfish manner of his approaching happiness.

Ah my loving, faithful Hannah [Bennett]! Writing for newspapers and drawing caricatures don’t pay like liquor-selling.

10. Saturday. To Harpers, saw [John] Bonner; to [Frank] Leslie’s and Pic Offices. Up-town, a lovely summery day. Did a drawing on wood. To [Frank] Bellews after dinner, then down town again. Broadway thronged with pretty women. Met [Charles] Welden and his wife — went in to see a picture of the restoration of the “Resolute,” Hartstem, the Queen &c. Down town. Didn’t get any money at either Leslie’s or the Pic. Return. Met [John] Wood at Honey’s. [John] Darcy there. Wood say’s that he — Darcy — is married to Annie Lousdale’, otherwise Alice Lowe, the woman who created some talk in England ten or fifteen years ago, as the mistress of a Lord Frankfort. He accused her of stealing his jewels. She subsequently came out at the Victoria theatre, and six or eight years back appeared as an actress in New York, under the name of Anne Lansdale. Dropped in on [Edward] Dixon for the evening.

11. Sunday. Wood up. Talk of Sol [Eytinge] &c. [John] Watson the

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-04-09

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Marriage
Wealth
Business
Scots
Courtship
Artists
Actors

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