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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 152, August 9-11, 1851

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Identifier: DX01036281

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 152, August 9-11, 1851

Description: Comments on a visit to Arthur Mason and Jane Gibson at Mrs. Kidder's, and receiving a letter from Keating.


[words crossed out]. In came another visitor who sate talking with Miss Jane Gibson, [Arthur] Mason talking to me, & I suppose not over cheerful. I rose to go, Miss detained me by some converse. Chaffed her & Mason, whereat he said “you’re coming it rather strong. I think!” She accompanied her to the door, where I talked with her some ten minutes apropos of Mason’s supposed susceptibility, to her good tempered amusement & laughter & I suppose to his especial annoyance. He’s after no good with that buxom, good-humored girl.

10. Sunday. Breakfast over, crossed at the South Ferry to Brooklyn, and then at the little dock just in time to see Foley with a cargo of Frenchmen put off for the “Mogudor.” Had to wait an hour of more, then in obedience to the hoisted flag came a boatman from the island, who transported me thither. Found [William] Barth & Georgii guitar playing as is their custom of a morning. Dinner, reading, converse & dozing during the afternoon, and Creecey with us in the evening. Bed about 10 or so.

11. Monday. Over to New York in a boat, (bearing also an Irish damosel of low degree.) To [168] Duane Street, and with Mr [Henry] Hart to Millers the Lithographer. Talk and calculations as to expense of Pictorial Broadway Directory. It seemeth that a like work has been tried & foiled; the remains of which we saw at Bunfords. Very well get up too, which is disheartening. Natheless we shall make essay. Afternoon, and an hour in the morning at J B Holmes. Rather unwell & matagrabolized all day. Evening, on getting to supper found a letter from the redoubtable Keating intimating that he having heard that I had “maligned the character of a lady,” “deemed it prudent to intimate he should demand immediate “satisfaction (!)” Wrote an [word crossed out] answer, giving him the Lie, touching him on his well-greased, indifferently-spelled & industriously-blotted missive, and intimating, in case of lies attempting “satisfaction” I’d do my physical & fistical best to oblige Humanity by dispossessing so every way small an individual of part of his vast share of impertinence. / While yester-morn

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)


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