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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 211, June 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01282322

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 211, June 5, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Staten Island.


Dillon [Mapother], I & Kelly went on to the lower landing place, then to Clifton Park. Ice creams & drinks, then a ramble through and around the place. Which rambling having been reiterated till 1, came [Alfred] Waud & [Alfred] Swinton. All (save Swinton) set off for a walk to the Old fort & then along the margin of the sea farther on. All had a bathe, enjoying it mightily, breasting the rolling surf and flowing brine, the unwinking Day God all aglare having tempered the water most delectably. Back, along the banks & cliff, and by the 6 o’clock boat returned to Manhattan. Fed at Van Name & Bush’s, then parted, the rest to their several abodes; I to my cock-loft [290 Broadway], and half an hour subsequently, (by 9 1/2 ) to Beach Street. Lotty [Kidder], her husband [John Whytal] & a friend of his were at the door — she dressed in close fitting black velvet bodice, and dress full & flowing ‘neath it. Divers small coquetries did she, plucking off the hat of Whytal’s friend, placing it on her own head &c. Presently they left, & I & Lotty went in the parlor. Her mother [Rebecca Kidder] came but stayed not long. Sat conversing with Lotty till nigh upon 12. It is with almost the assured knowledge, (embothering sympathy,) that she has learnt nothing, is changed in nothing, and loves nothing, that I talk with her. Defiant, fickle, restless, all demanding, nothing yielding, insincere

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Ice cream, ices, etc.


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