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Identifier: DX01044029

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 169, August 30-31, 1851

Description: Comments on the kind of man he wants Lotty Kidder to be with.


[word crossed out]! But I fear — [word crossed out] Already dost thou [Charlotte Kidder] feel the hollowness of those about thee, and turneth from one face to another and never, in half despairing hope of some reality. Sayest then, at thy young age, that thou believest not in the truth and constancy and faith of men — well mayest thou think it. Oh what asses environ thee! [words crossed out] Excellent asses many of them — but Asses! Cooper is a good-tempered generous fellow — and but ass he, I’m sure. [word crossed out] Pope [words crossed out], plays well at billiards; — but could he love thee as thou dost deserve to be loved? And Stewart — and God knoweth who beside! When wilt thou find among them with brains enough to understand thee. Not one! And I do suppose that all thy better [words crossed out] nature will never be developed, and some common place dog win thee to wife after all. “The pity of it — the pity of it Horatio!” / Could I select a mortal worthy of her, what should he be? Why, a frank, noble, unsophisticated nature, one who’d love her with his whole heart; and fresh to the world with its back sounds and sights. And he — wouldn’t win her. He’d be too much in earnest, and his delicacy of feeling would revolt from these offering grosser incense, around her. Well, [words crossed out] bright eyed Lotty! — albeit, I know, perfectly well, you think me [word crossed out] carper, [words crossed out] I could forgive you much more than that. — What matters it what you think of me — I know what you are, and admire you more than the whole crowd of them, and yet am not in love with you.

31. Sunday. To the Battery in company with Wilhelm Meister. Met Watts [John P. Nagle], and with him. Book talk for an hour, then he left. Reading under the trees shade. Afternoon [Frank] Royal called, with a little daughter. I like the man, he’s a Christian. Out with him, & parting on Grand Street, I went to Mr [Joseph] Greatbatchs. Supped there, and subsequently to the Battery with Joe [Greatbatch]. How on earth is it he can’t say or think

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-30

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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