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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 158, August 20-24, 1851

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Identifier: DX01039012

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 158, August 20-24, 1851

Description: Mentions a procession of sympathizers for an incident in Cuba in which 50 Americans were shot.


all the time. Wednesday dismally rainy sans intermission. Lady in adjoining room in training for a cantatrice, practising singing during the morn and afternoon, producing marvellous sounds from her vocal apparatus. Got another letter, dismally attemptive from the hapless Keating, and the last, for I write to him no more. Finished No1 of my Ghostly Series. Adam of Mentz.

22. Friday. Making fair copy of story all day, save a rush out down town for paper, and a call on J B Holmes. Great disquiuetude & vilification at [222] Washington street, (Keating staying at home all day to concoct letter.) Evening going out, anticipating the procession of “sympathizers” with Cuba were passing met Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder, who told me her new address, 368 Broadway. Writing till late at night.

23. Saturday. Sent off letter and story to Alf [Waud], per post; meeting the English-surveyor who had called in at Holmes’, and having talk with him awhile. Called on [Warren] Butler, then to [Joseph] Richardsons (he slightly riled about Mr [Henry] Hart,) then to the “Leader” Office. Talk with [Thomas] Picton, got lot of “exchanges” to send home, then to dinner. Letters from Alf [Waud], from Washington Irving with autograph; — [words crossed out] Making a drawing of the Cuba fellows shooting the 50 Americans all the afternoon. Evening an unsuccessful walk to the Battery, then to [177] Canal Street. Little woman [Elizabeth Dobson] sayeth that Homer Hall oweth her money to small amount, & that she thinketh the old gentleman [Elisha Hall] may be dead. Now I hope not. [words crossed out]. To barbers for hour cutting, shampooing, then back. Letter writing.

24. Sunday. Finishing sketch of “the shooting the filibusteres.” Afternoon, reading, idling, luxuriating. Evening Joe [Greatbatch] called; out with him, leaving him at the door of Mrs Kidders new abode. And now here I sit, at 1/2 past 11, taking a cigar ‘en nightgown, after another evening there. Verily, without strong faith in truth and worth in the world, this society would render one [words crossed out] to the core. Lets put all down in detail, for the dear trash and folly of it. When I arrived Mrs K sate talking with Pope, Lotty [Kidder] at the other corner of the room with “Bottom,” Stewart. Ere long she, Mrs K spake

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
19th century


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