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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 18, December 1-4, 1850

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Identifier: DX09762157

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 18, December 1-4, 1850

Description: Comments on his love of Charles Dickens and his conversation with a ''literary lady.''



1. Sunday. At the Office coloring the perspective all — the morning and afternoon. Young Fred Anderson with me, he reading Paul de Kock’s Andrew The Savoyard. In the afternoon [Dillon] Mapother and [Alfred] Waud called, and we walked back together. Mapother had for me the two final numbers of [David] Copperfield; the which I had great pleasure in lying on the bed and reading, partly aloud to Waud. Oh Charles Dickens many a happy hour hast thou given me, and little did I, in my school-boy days, speculate on getting thy green covered numbers to read in Yankeeland.

2. Monday. Office. Perspective finished and sent off. Boys tossing for pies and brandy &c. Evening with Waud and Charley [Brown], smoking, talking, and scribbling these last two pages — with aching eyes.

3. Tuesday. Naught to do at the office till the Governor [Charles F. Anderson] returneth, so my time mine own. In doors all the drizzling despondent day. Household jobs, button sewing, trouser cleaning &c. Talk some little, Waud at work on canvass, read more. Wrote to Naomi [Gunn] in the evening. [Joseph W.] Morse called and paid for Nassau street nocturnal work.

4. Wednesday. Rain still. To the Era Office — saw Tom Frank. Then to Morse’s, anon to the Life Office, where I found Hawkins installed as editor. A few more calls, then ascending [Henry] Fowler’s buildings found Charley seated at one end of the long room talking, or rather listening to the talk of a literary lady. Oh me what a bore she was! That the world was all wrong, that every one should do his or her best to turn it upside down that she knew herself, and by the omnipotence of her will, could mould and impel all about

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-12-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
19th century


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