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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 164, August 27-28, 1851

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Identifier: DX01041747

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 164, August 27-28, 1851

Description: Describes listening to Lotty Kidder sing.


letter-press matter description, the which he desireth me to furnish. To the Battery, and there a tranquil walk, as the setting sun cast long deep shades over the trash bright greensward; the river smoothe and lakelike, and a rippleless sky as company. Meditatively and projectfully happy awhile. Supper over; to Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders, where I found mother & daughter [Lotty Kidder] with a [word crossed out], bearded & moustached, Anglo Jamaica, West Indian yclept Cooper; and ere long Pope came. Lotty played and sang to us sans ceasing for a good hour. She has a voice sweet and rich in lower notes, of poorer, but ill regulated, in the upper. But the song and face of the singer, in memory cannot be separated, her eyes light up, her cheek glows, and smiles, and she feels and enjoys so intensely; one admires her till the heart aches with sympathy and interest. She sang, to my asking old songs over again, with rich buoyant downright will to please withal. I told her that did she have a husband splenetic or angered, to bid him sit beside her & sing to him. Ah! Little kens she there be many when the domestic devil will not quiet for her sweet smile and voice! I marvel how can she be so impulsive & natural, within such “home.” Such queer naпve things does she — in mid of song, “Come sit thee down my bonny, bonny lass” — to wit, when at a part anent

“— The daring far

Clings to the shattered mast!—”

Up she leapt, with an exclamation, clapped her two palms together and smashed an attentive musquito, to our overwhelming astonishment & laughter. Finally out she went, accompanying the Stewart, who had called during the singing. We talk awhile with Mrs K, then adjourn, meeting Lotty & her, for the present, cavalier, again, on their return; and to a Billiard Saloon, where Pope & Cooper play, and where I left them. All the even had [Arthur] Mason been there, in an inner room, with Jane Gibson for company.

28. Thursday. To Peck Ship, where after an hours waiting came Mr Mansfield, (till yesterday a fellow boarder here,) and with whom I had agreed

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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