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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 151, August 9-10, 1850

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Identifier: DX09542632

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 151, August 9-10, 1850

Description: Comments on how New York is like Paris and gives his opinion of Charles Brown [later Charles Damoreau].


9. Friday. Drawing till Evening. Then calling on [Hardin] Andrews, out with him, meeting Greeley and Cynic Martin ere long. At divers drinking saloons, domino-playing &c. Parted from em about 11. New York is another Paris for a Sensualist, I believe, and as bad a place as may well be for the training of a youth with money in’s pocket. The luxurious restaurants, handsome women flitting about in free and easy converse, the liquors — road to Hell gilded, all of it. I’d better been reading, spite of eyesight. Met the murderer and scribbler yclept “Jack the Rambler” in the course of the evening.

10. Saturday. To the Life Office, calling in at [Ben] Kierstierns by the way. Mattice away down east. Met Joe [Greatbatch], (he leaves [168] Duane Street this night) At Holts for a few minutes, talking with Mrs [Sarah] Richardson. What a homelike appearance was there in the room of the good tempered Yorkshire woman. Return to [177] Canal, and in doors till 4, then off, first to Mattice, then [Jonathan F.] Badeau’s, both in vain. Purchased [Edward] Bulwer [Lytton]’s Zanoni for a shilling, for the pleasure of reading it again. Basmaison [Dillon] Mapother called in the evening. out with him for half an hour, when he returned with me to the company of [Charles F.] Brown. Conversation and lemonade. / My fellow boarder is a nice, gentlemanly fellow, sincerely pious, and loves his Annie [Ward] dearly. I like him. But oh me! how how I envy him. Six short weeks she will be his, he talks to me of her; her portrait is here, he narrateth his wooing, I jest with and rally him, — he cannot bear her to be away a whole month — Oh God when I think of her [Mary Bilton] I love how, how far off in every sense how I envy him. To look at happiness through the eyes of another, how bitter it is —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-08-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Books and reading


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