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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 137, August 18-20, 1855

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Identifier: DX03943659

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 137, August 18-20, 1855

Description: Describes meeting James Parton for the first time.


with the latter [Jesse Haney], then the Post Office, anon to Waud's. Found the brothers [Alfred and William Waud] twain, Sol [Eytinge], and another, ([George] Arnold whom I had met in Nassau St accompanied me.) There the greater part of the afternoon, anon to the Pic office, and to my own. Alf came, and stayed an hour telling me more of his affair, and his plans for the future, involving change of name and personal disguise. To Haneys & with him to [James] Parton’s, where we stayed till 11. I like this Parton.

19. Sunday. Doing chores till 1. [A.F.] Banks rushed up temporarily, wishing me "to go over to Hoboken to see the gypsies." / Dined and up-town to Haney's & [William] Levison's boarding house. Alternately in their rooms, Mrs [Mary] Levison being present, with her daughter [Ellen Levison]. Haney accompanyed me to Partons, he not being within, we parted at Canal Street, and I to my room, and writing.

20. Monday. Drawing; within doors all day. Banks, Fogg, and Parton called, the latter in the afternoon, when I had an hours talk with him. We spake of books, authorcraft, ourselves, our business in this life, of Chapin, and much of Christianity. He is a thin, gentlemanly, earnest looking young man, of no small intellect, and worth, I believe. Will Waud up in the evening, anon Alf and [Charles] Damoreau. The last named having forsworn smoking, (thereto induced by his wife [Beatrice Damoreau], (who detests the herb Nicotina,) under the cover of a fear that indulgence in it will induce consumption, — (Selfishness masking itself with the guise of affection;) — here broke his pledge with my tchibouque. Alf dozed in the hammock, and we three talked. Anon, at 11 for a Broadway glass of lager.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-08-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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