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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 156, August 16-18, 1851

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Identifier: DX01038101

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 156, August 16-18, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder's boarding house, and an encounter with her landlady.


lin Street, all being out, then a walk and back “home.” / In the afternoon got a letter from Keating, whereby it appears he was not the writer of the last missive, someone — (I suppose J B H [John B. Holmes] having assumed his signature for the purpose of humbugging all. Wrote to Keating.

17. Sunday. The rain rained down in, not Maryland, but New York town at such a rate that I could not stir out till the afternoon, then to [174] Mulberry Street, and Mr [Joseph] Greatbatche’s. Supped there, pleasantly, subsequently in the even with Joe [Greatbatch] and the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] walked out. Left them at Leonard Street, then alone to [55] Franklin. Had a bit of a row with the fat old woman, who looked out of window in consequence of my ringing both bells. Had to tell her to go to bed or lock her-self up, whereat she was greatly irate. Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder coming to the door; went in, [Arthur] Mason, Miss [Jane] Gibson, “Lotty” [Charlotte Kidder], and two masculines, Pope and another. Talk of the feud ‘twixt Mrs K & the fat old woman, who it seemeth liketh not Mrs K’s visitors conversations, and hath discoursed scurrilous thereon. General talk. Mrs K reading partially clever letter from a Mr [Moses] Morse at Boston; he recommending her to read Dante, (nobody present having read it!) Mason lay on sofa, side by Miss Gibson, she eau-de-cologning his caput for head-ache remedy. “Lotty” talked with masculines, and me. Two masculines go, the rest of us remain. “Lotty’s” face is a fair one, in repose, as well as animation, her complexion is not clear, her features good, and what vivacity and life in her bright black eyes. What a glorious little creature would she have been, had not the devil of Wilfulness got the mastery. [words crossed out] Left about 11.

18. Monday. To [168] Duane Street, found Mr H [Henry Hart] & Dillon [Mapother] had gone. To Wall Street, Holmes & [Charles F.] Anderson. Former away. Posted letter. To [Warren] Butlers, to [Thomas W.] Strongs, Watt [James P. Nagle]’s, and a printers where I saw [Hardin] Andrews. Left the “Reveille” after a weeks editorializing. To [William] Roberts; saw him. In doors idling during

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Rain and rainfall
19th century
Books and reading


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