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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 214, December 6-7, 1853

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Identifier: DX03934785

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 214, December 6-7, 1853

Description: Mentions visiting William Levison, and attending a concert with the Hillard brothers, Frank and Oliver.


and the tide of faces at its heighth. I think there’s much more of the picturesque in Broadway, than in any London street. In England there’s a sort of dull uniformity of attire, both in cut and color of garments. Here the women dress so brightly, that the whole sidewalk is a panorama. And the men, not all so coarsely primly shaven, if they have likings autre or otherwise, show it openly maugre dread of Mrs Grundy. / [William] Levison I found lying on the sofa, alone, his wife [Mary A. Levison] & daughter [Ellen Levison] having gone out. For years he has suffered from Neuralgia, and scarcely ever hopes to be free from pain. I thought of the gay street, and sunlight, — and him lying here, perchance picturing it. Talked awhile, showed him blocks, & left, when the Doctor arrived. To room and drawing. [Alfred] Waud (whom I met at the Broadway portal, and stood awhile talking with him and [Alfred] Swinton,) came up; and also coming over from Brooklyn stayed the evening; reading. I at [Thomas] Carlyle’s essays on Jean Paul Richter, and Voltaire. / While standing at the portal this afternoon Hawkins came out. Said he was in business, dry goods store, or something of the kind, in New York. And [Edwin] Weed came as appointed at 6, about blocks.

7. Wednesday. [Charles] Welden came. Drawing, nearly all day. [Frank] Hillard came at sunset, and after supping together at Taylor’s, we walked to Metropolitan Hall, Welden having given me tickets for Jullien’s Concert. It being yet early, we walked on to the house of Hillard’s brother [Oliver Hillard], returning in time for the Concert. It consisted mostly of instrumental music. I believe my appreciation of music is an imperfect one, for the evening’s entertainment partly wearied me. Triumphant or joyous or soft, sweet delicate music I love, and link to such to un-writable words, but clamor vexes me. Many con-

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Dates: 1853-12-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Clothing and dress


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