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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 48, September 22, 1852

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Identifier: DX01201148

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 48, September 22, 1852

Description: Describes attending the play David Copperfield with Lotty.

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a substitute for his [Will Kidder's] sister [Charlotte Kidder] & then that his mother [Rebecca Kidder] should; for both of which suggestions he was indignantly snubbed by her, — albeit she twice repeated “she should go out somewhere that evening!” It being expected Lotty would return soon I stayed tea, which was got through in true boarding-house style, Mrs K leading off with, to the attendant handmaiden, “There put some more water in this tea-pot, — its too strong for me to drink it, I’m sure!” It was respectable tea. Few persons present, Dod junior & some four others, an elderly proser at the end of the table. [Arthur] Mason & wife [Jane Gibson] appeared towards the close of the repast. But before then, Lotty had returned. “Did you get my note?” “No!” “Did you take seats?” “Yes!” “Then we’ll go!” And go we did, her mother refusing to lend Lott a fan, out of pique. It was half past 7 by the time we got to Chamber Street & the play had progressed half way through the first Act But the seats were secure & front ones too. So establishing ourselves, the play went on.

I don’t know that I ever enjoyed a play more. To have this [word crossed out] little girl beside me, to touch her hand, her arm, to have that jetty maze of curls brush my face as sometimes it [word crossed out] would, [word crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1852-09-22

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Theater
Women

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