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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 170, August 31-September 2, 1851

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Identifier: DX01044486

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 170, August 31-September 2, 1851

Description: Mentions a conversation with Joe Greatbatch and attending the theatre.


aught above common-place. I talked of the Spirit-world, of Creed, of Geologic-wonders, of History, of the great Kingdoms, which like the sea-born islands of the Mediterranean rise up out of the deep of Time, to be again submerged, — of Our Race and destiny: all Joe [Greatbatch] said was but giving me back mine own remarks in clumsier phrase. He saw it all, perhaps understood it; — but he said nothing, — imparted nothing. See-saw, up and down — two and two make four. No warm blood and enthusiasm about anything. He’s a honest fellow enough. [words crossed out]


1. Monday. Hunting for money calls, [Charles F.] Anderson’s, [John B.] Holmes &c Nassau Street. Gor Pendennis leant me by [James P.] Nagle, (his name is not as I had thought Watts.) Afternoon reading in sitting room. Evening out with Hands, a boarder, and to the Broadway Theatre, where this night a Mr and Mrs Marchant (here boarding made their debut, having but recently arrived from England. The lady sits beside me at dinner, of a good figure and face, and lady-like in manner, possessing withal a pleasant smile. They played well, in a Spanish intrigue drama, were well received, but the finer niceties of their performance were in no case discriminated by the audience, as is generally the case, with all audiences. And Pope appeared on the stage — he is an actor, as perchance I might have known earlier had I been attentive. Ballet afterwards, enthusiastically applauded, especially by boys. This appeals but to the Senses, therefore is easily understood by the many. Subsequently a farce.

2. Tuesday. [Arthur] Mason came inviting me, as before to a Hudson-river vagabondize for three or four days continuance; — agreed to go. A letter from Dillon [Mapother]. Wrote a reply informing them [Dillon Mapother and Henry Hart] of Mrs [Sarah] Richardsons death.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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