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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 129, April 22-24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03523925

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 129, April 22-24, 1858

Description: Describes walking Mort Thomson's wife, Anna, home from the Parton's house in Brooklyn.

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[sup]per, he [Edward Welles] came in, with "Chips" [Anna Thomson] looking as pretty and innocent as ever, in her bright little bonnet and light spring dress. A very pleasant evening ensued and at 10 1/2 we all set off to convoy "Chips" and Wells back, she walking with me. I felt very big-brotherly, with just a dash of sorrowful envy of Doesticks' deserved good fortune, when I felt the other little creature's arm in mine. (Yet I know too, that my Hannah [Bennett] — I wish she were my Hannah! — is the nobler woman — knows more — thinks more.) Marriage gives a certain amount of self-confidence to the simplest, most timid of girls. It was at once pretty and amusing to notice this in "Chips." Speaking of it subsequently to Grace [Eldredge]; "Yes" said she, "she's only two months older than I am, and don't she give herself airs!" It was spoken in a good sense and affectionately. Back; Grace and Nellie [Eldredge] with me, [James] Parton and Fanny [Fern] preceding. Scotch ale and to bed by 12. I sat up a couple of hours longer, reading [Oliver Wendell] Holmes "Autocrat of the Breakfast table" and other matters.

23. Friday. Breakfast, newspapers, cigar, talks with Parton, Grace and Fanny, separately, severally, and promiscuously, then off by 11, with pleasant thoughts in mind of the pleasant house and pleasant people in it. New York: Pic Office: up town. Thinking [Jesse] Haney manifested a little coolness towards me at dinner, walked into his room and asked him about it. He had supposed that I had been backing up Mrs [Mary] Levison's mean suspicions with some loose phrase of encouragement! I suspected so.

24. Saturday. Tailor; boot-maker; down town; met [Robert] Gun; to [Frank] Pounden's store (didn’t see him); loafing among the shipping;

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-04-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Clothing and dress
Diaries
Marriage
Women

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