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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 19, December 4-7, 1850

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Identifier: DX09766573

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 19, December 4-7, 1850

Description: Comments on a ''literary lady'' he met.


her; that Jenny Lind was a mistake,

with more of horrible and awful

which listening too indeed proved awful.

Finally when Charley [Brown] was called to the other end of the shop, she arose, and with a sort of girlish skip, — (she was over thirty at the mildest) examined a rope and pulley, and then went off humming an air, perfectly convinced she had greatly distinguished herself. Return to dinner, and during the remainder of the dismal day indoors. Sleeping and reading in the afternoon, and reading “As you like it” aloud to [Alfred] Waud in the evening; he doing the same when I waxed hoarse.

5. Thursday. In-doors all day, save for a dock walk with Waud at the foot of Canal Street. Raw misty atmosphere of rain, muddy pebble stones, oyster carts, piles of wood of most picturesque color and shapes, docks, piers, steamers, vessels of all sorts and sizes, Hoboken shore hidden by the mist which hung a ghostly shroud over the distant vessels, slow drizzle falling constant and clammy. Slept the better part of the Afternoon. Young Pelham Anderson called — repeating that but to-day will the perspective reach Washington, and that the “old man” [Charles F. Anderson] reporteth auguries-favourable.

6. Friday. Rain incessant, and the day passed drearily. A rush down town calling in at the Office, and from thence to [Wardle] Corbyn, (who spake ruefully of Baudoin charging high prices) to [Henry] Fowler, of Holden’s Mag, thence to Day-book [George G.] Foster, thence to [Warren] Butler and Brown’s, thence, through pouring rain to Dean’s in Chatham Street, where I learnt that Horace Greely had inserted the “journey man gold beater’”s letter, thence to [177] Canal, and the rest of the day in-doors. Both of the boy Andersons [Fred and Pelham] called in the morning, each to meet tother. Finished letters for Rosa [Gunn] and Naomi [Gunn].

7. Saturday. Straining sheets of paper, when Pelham Anderson came, with summons from his father, just arrived from Washington. Returned with him

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-12-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Books and reading


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