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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 3, October 5-6, 1851

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Identifier: DX01052265

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 3, October 5-6, 1851

Description: Describes a humorous letter sent to Lotty Kidder from Arthur Mason.


Pope having broken the shins of his shallow soul against some of the first stumbling blocks in the way of belief. Nothing-arian. Saw no reason for crediting deity or futurity (though of course he believed in the former — what a belief sure!) as he couldn’t understand it. Negatived the existence of the sun because he couldn’t see the mechanism by which it was wound up. And profoundly considered himself a thinker because he had advanced to Negation. Shallow Master Pope! / Talk of Letters from and for Lotty [Kidder]. She finding all things strange about her, talking of masculines deserving an introduction, a concert &c. How [Arthur] Mason hath written a comic letter, narrating the imagined effects of her departure on admirers, that Pope had earnestly supplicated for a supply of prussic acid from the store, that another hearing Lotty’s name inadvertently mentioned at the dinner table had burst into tears & rushed from the room; that another had, attired but partially, mysteriously wandered forth at night, and being followed by him, (Mason), had on being questioned as to whitherwards had frantically answered “Georgia! — Lotty! — The Devil!” and on his condition being represented to him, meekly taken refuge in the station house! / Quaint little dog! / Walked with [William] Barth to the South Ferry, he, as I had expected partially admiring Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder]’s talk; taking the false metal for the true. [words crossed out] / A letter from [Frederick] Gleason in reply to the “Crawford” one, fat vulgar handwriting and tautology. “You blame me when I am not to blame. I would sooner have cut off my hand than have published that Sonnet!” Unfortuate ass!

6. Monday. Wrote to Mr [Henry] Hart, to Alf Waud and to knave

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-10-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Practical jokes


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