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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 72, January 1-2, 1850

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Identifier: DX08710372

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 72, January 1-2, 1850

Description: Describes his New Year's Day spent with the Greatbatch family, and comments on meeting a slaveholder and reading the fictitious diary of ''Lady Willoughby.''


All the way to Canal Street, then through divers unexplored directs to Christopher [Street]. Just in time. Turkey, Christmas pudding &c — Walk out with boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch], buying sweetmeats for ‘em and pulling ‘em along in toy-sleigh. Back again, brandy and water, almonds, raisins and talk. Evening telling the boys fairy tales. Left after a pleasantly passed day at about 10. Altogether wrong was I in thinking them chilly; — spleen and loneliness bred the idea, and I’m ashamed of it, now. Returning, divers young fellows doing the same from their New Year’s calls, many with “gigantic bricks in their hats,” (id est, New York phrase for bacchiplenus.) Crossing the ferry talk with a German, from down south, where he “had lost two niggers by Cholera!” First time I have met a dabbler in the accursed traffic [slavery].

2. Wednesday. “Mose [among the Britishers]” all day. Evening, got hold of a certain fictitious “Diary of Lady Willoughby ,” (during the Parliamentary wars of Charles the First. It is a deliciously-written thing, and more than once affected me even to tears. Exquisitely are the feelings of wife & mother told, and exquisite are the little incidents given. Of her husband “I thought as he drew nigh, how comely was his countenance.” And of the incident of finding the whipp of her dead child, taking it up in her cloak and weeping over it. / The writer of this must be an exquisitely-minded creature, and I do not doubt a woman. / I cannot but think that love of country was more

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-01-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
New Year
African Americans


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