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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 218, June 13, 1853

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Identifier: DX01285868

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 218, June 13, 1853

Description: Describes the scene in Lotty Kidder's dressing room after her performance at Sedgwick's concert.

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ranean sort of room in the rear whither Lotty [Kidder] had to descend to between the intervals of her singing. She was there, dressed in white, with flowers in her hair and recieved the praises of two fellows who came in with us, (I’ve met ‘em at Beach Street before,) in a “it’s-only-right-to-worship-me” style. That made me laugh. I asked her if the folk applaudded [applauded] her enough. Sedgwick was there, moustached, patent-leather booted & “professional” looking. Meantime little [John] Whytal was busily trying to uncork a porter-bottle with a broken pocket knife, which having effected he handed the contents with much affection to Lotty, which she with gusto despatched [dispatched]. I relished the incongruities, white dress, bouquets and beer immensely. Presently Lotty told us all to pack, wanting to undress & dress for walk home, and running out into the little rostrum commented on the abrupt descent of the stairs to the retiring room. “How did it look?” “Why you looked as if you took a three-feet jump down each time!” quoth I. “Your’e a snob!” said she. And so we parted, and I walked down Broadway to my room [290 Broadway], laughing intensely with silent rib-aching merriment at the recollection of the whole evening’s business. Oh manly, [words crossed out] frank, humbug scorning [William Makepeace] Thackeray! thou who didst so delectably touch off Miss Castigan in Pendennis,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-06-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Beer
Books and reading
Authors
Clothing and dress
Diaries
Women

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