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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 98, November 11, 1860

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Identifier: DX01344299

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 98, November 11, 1860

Description: Describes Rebecca Kidder's sister Margaret Winchester and the traits of her family.



And Mrs. [Margaret] Winchester.

written in “Ned Buntline’s Own,” and been made love to by that nauseous scoundrel and, I think, too by Joe Scoville. She [Margaret Winchester] talks now of George Brown as though he were a god-like individual; “there is no doubt,” says poor sister Emma [Brown], to Charley [Damoreau], “that he was the passion of her life!” Why, she’d have done the same about Ned Buntline. When I was at the house, the discourse falling upon hair Mrs. W. talked of the “glorious auburn” of George’s, with staggering composure. His locks wa were undeniably carrotty, as every mortal of his acquaintance knew. The woman does this out of sheer egotism and self exaltation; it’s “what a noble, generous, intellectual, disinterested creature I am for having such feelings!” She has a sham enthusiasm, sham affections, sham griefs, sham loves; nothing is real but her barren vanity. After George Brown’s death there was a man at New Orleans who wanted her daughter; who was played, fast and loose, with, dropped a good deal of money and finally didn’t get the daughter. It’s Becky Sharp-dom, with none of Becky’s cleverness; inherently the women are not a whit higher than the “Belles” and “Dellie’s” of [Frank] Cahill and Bob Gun intimacy. Damoreau had the offer of purchasing Lotty [Kidder]’s house-hold furniture! He has seen “[Arthur]Alleyne” as an actor, in Boston,

coverage:New York, New York
coverage:New Orleans, Louisiana
coverage:Boston, Massachusetts

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-11-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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