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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 161, August 24, 1851

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Identifier: DX01040379

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 161, August 24, 1851

Description: Describes conversations with Lotty Kidder and others at Mrs. Kidder's residence.


jot of regard or care for them — no more than she [Rebecca Kidder] would have for her listeners, were they not listeners. Pope, [word crossed out] turning over leaves of [Torquato] Tasso, which I had brought for Jane Gibson. [words crossed out]. Presently Miss Jane & [Arthur] Mason returned from a walk — (bye the bye Mason leaves [177] Canal Street, and has a room here, with Mrs K in future.) Talk with her awhile then with Lotty [Kidder]. Bright eyed, wayward girl, what a fool’s world is your lot cast among, — all hollow natures, and not one to understand you, or love you for what you really deserve loving for. As I sat beside her, I could not help talking earnestly to her — with the especial proviso however that I was not in love with her, or going to be. “What?” said she “you think I’m too much of a fool!” “No,” quoth I; — were I sixteen in stead of progressing for six 5 and twenty I would be, —as tis I’ve other things to do in the World!” And so I have. She said she wanted one “who’d love her for herself and nothing else, one who was generous, would trust her, &c she didn’t care about his being good looking, were he a gentleman! &c.” [word crossed out], She’ll surely find him, — impatiently frittering away time and familiarity with Bottom, or any number of Bottoms. I told her of how I and Charley [Brown] would lie awake & talk about her, whereat she said “Mr Gunn, you’re very cruel.” And anon, that I was excentric [eccentric]. [words crossed out]. This was tete a tete, with interruptions. / Jane Gibsons a pleasant, frank, wishing to please girl, with a desire of belief in people. Tete a tete with her. / More general talk. Finally, as I stooped to light cigar from lamp on the staircase I heard Mrs Kidder say “He’s a strange mortal!” [words crossed out] / Now I think I can do justice to the Brown family — thus. 1. Unknown sister [Emma Brown] who has worked as a sister to bring them all up, well. One whom I think they honor, and are jealous of favor with. Alfred Brown, Albany, know naught about him, save

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
19th century


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