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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 168, August 29-30, 1851

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Identifier: DX01043573

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 168, August 29-30, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder's residence.


with awe and ineffable, passionless pity on its deserted on its deserted tenement; — on those flocking round it; ere with certain knowledge and fruition of God’s Love made known and justified in all things; it soars upwards. What follies, what vanities, meannesses and littlenesses, what must not mortal life appear to spirit-eyes; what stumbling and groping onwards unknowing of purpose & object; — what sensual thoughts, and sordid pleasures. And yet what a yearning and feebly striving after Goodness, and Humility & Truth; — [words crossed out]! What a maze this World is? The [word crossed out] passeth through dry places seeking for rest but findeth none. Who can be content with the ministry and sway of Evil? God guide, and forgive all of us!

30. Saturday. To Frenchs, with written article to accompany the Illustration thence calls in Nassau Street, thence to [John B.] Holmes, (office shut) thence to [Charles F.] Anderson’s); Watt [John P. Nagle]’s book store, thence to Castle Garden, sending of a batch of books to the Island for [William] Barth & Creecey, (having at starting been to [177] Canal Street for them; — I would there have taken [Arthur] Mason’s room, but Mrs Dob [Elizabeth Dobson] with a simper on her small fools face told me she had let it.) Afternoon in doors. Evening in Broadway met Albert Brown and together to Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders, there found Lotty [Kidder] singing & playing. (Her mother within, busied about Mason’s accommodations, Jane Gibson about also.) She played and sang Auld Robin Gray to me (which I had brought her.) and other songs. Presently West Indian Cooper came, and anon Pope, & yet another. Mason & Miss J G intermittent. Lotty sang and played a great deal. Cooper sate beside her, Pope said but little, Albert Brown apart sate on a sofa retired and matagrabolized; Mrs K sang during the latter part of the evening. I had a regular conversational set-to with Lotty in the course of the evening, she arrainging me as taxing her with doing outrй things for the sake of effect. She can take but infinitesimal doses of candor I see and perchance will go her own willful road — Alas! so many to [unclear word] her in’t? [words crossed out] Little bright eyed beauty may you speed well — [words crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
19th century


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