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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 121, April 17-19, 1858

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Identifier: DX03517214

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 121, April 17-19, 1858

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

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[pac]ked," swore, refused to sit down, and, in short, created a jolly row. People cried "Turn him [Willis Patten] out!" He's drunk" &c. At length the squall blew over. Luckily the women were not seated beside him — he being deaf had got near to the [Cora] Hatch. In her subsequent discourse "the spirits" alluded with a little feminine spite to the charge of a "packed" audience! The Brooks — Mrs [Maria] and Miss [Nina] — are in town, boarding within a block or two. Mrs Church has called on them. As when they wanted to resume boarding with Mrs [Catharine] Potter, and made inquiries through Pierce about rooms, Mrs Church had, at Mrs Potter's request, written to Mrs Brooks, explaining matter and informing her that [William] Leslie had threatened to leave &c. of course the business was discussed on meeting. Mrs B said that she had supposed that Mr Leslie had paid attentions to her daughter &c, that he had solicited her company, saying that he was not much accustomed to ladies'society (!) &c, that he had remarked at parting "Absence only strengthens love!" (This I believe, though he denies it, for it's just like him.) He had been expected to visit them, but as he didn't come Nina concluded he "was like the rest &c" (!) The little girl, her mother said didn't care for him — wouldn’t have him &c. So ends the matter. [Frank] Cahill spent an evening at Sol Eytinge's lately. He expects to be present at the wedding [of Sol with Allie Vernon]. Josey [Winship] has left.

18. Sunday. A walk and smoke in Washington Square. Dropped in at Mrs [Celina] Jewell's to give 'em news of Alf [Waud]. Return. Drawing. In the evening to [E.H.] Chapin's with Mrs Church. A noble sermon and a memorable. The text "We love him because he first loved us."

19. Monday. To Harper's through the mild spring rain, dropping in at [Frank] Leslie's by the way. (I had to call four or five

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-04-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Mediums
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Lectures and lecturing
Religion
Spiritualism
Women

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