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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 120, April 14-17, 1858

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Identifier: DX03516375

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 120, April 14-17, 1858

Description: Tells a story about Willis Patten going to see a lecture by a spiritualist, Cora Hatch.


for it’s diminutive size.” Thus and more Alf Waud. He has done right and well in sending money to his mother [Mary Fitzjohn Waud]. There is also, on the margin of the letter a sketch of a peculiarly bedraggled and wretched-looking rooster with Sol [Eytinge]’s head on it.) Down town. Evening drawing till midnight.

15. Thursday. Down town in the afternoon. In the evening with Mrs Church to Mozart Hall to hear [E.H.] Chapin lecture. Drawing afterwards.

16. Friday. Down town, to Harper’s, Leslie’s, Post Office &c. Return. To [Frank] Bellew’s at sunset. Phonography at night.

17. Saturday. Down town all the forenoon and longer, worrying about getting money. Missed [John] Bonner again. To Pic, Leslie’s & Post Offices. Return. Chores and Phonography at night — all the day wasted beside. Characteristic anecdote of old [Willis] Patten. He took Miss [Lucia] Cooper and Mrs Church last night to hear Cora Hatch &mdash a Spiritualist Medium “ &mdash a woman whom he’s fond of hearing &mdash saying that her language is the “most beautiful” he ever head and that “she gets off a prayer as smooth as oil”! The woman wears her long flaxen hair about her ears, has photographs of herself in Broadway and is &mdash of course &mdash a New Englander. Her husband exhibits her at fifteen cents a head. The husbands of these women must be nice men &mdash particularly so. Well, the audience were requested to select a subject and somebody nominated Patten as one of a committee of three to decide. They suggested “Miracles.” On stating this, it appeared that the Hatch had lectured repeatedly on the subject, so ‘twas overruled by the audience, in which old Patten got savage. He denounced the whole thing as a humbug, said the audience were “pac-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-04-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Lectures and lecturing


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