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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 27, December 23-25, 1850

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Identifier: DX09801937

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 27, December 23-25, 1850

Description: Describes his Christmas and Christmas Eve activities.


Contempt in every phrase. [words crossed out]! / Charley [Brown] arriving sent me off to [John N.] Genin the hatters, with whom, after some confab, I agreed to make drawings of some thousands of varied head-gear, of all ages. Returned through the pitiless breezy, gusty, death-cold evening, dropping in, again, by the way at the Office, and finding chilly Macnamara and Pelham [Anderson] sitting by the fire place. Evening, (this present time), with [Alfred] Waud and Brown. Egg-flip, converse, philosophic, and on the metaphysics of love, Self Control and scoretiveness. Charley Brown loveth not as I do [Mary Bilton], though perchance more wisely, inasmuch as he doth not unveil his own soul to her he loves [Lotty Kidder] but playeth the more reserved party. He thinketh of what is she to him, and believeth that woman’s love is but a past recompense for a man’s appreciation of her. Withal he has infinite tact and power of self control, even in the expression of his passion, and will not forget self respect in displaying it, as I did of yore most unwisely. Had I loved less, or have controlled and hidden my feelings better I should not have suffered as I did. [words crossed out]

24. Tuesday. Drawing Head-gear in company with Charley, who was at work on block for the Era. In the Afternoon [Warren] Butler called, and Mr [Henry] Hart. Evening Joe [Greatbatch] called. I made a brief rush down town to Genin’s, through the cold Christmas Eve Night, then returned. Charley joining us, we four brew egg-flip and cook kidneys by stove. Eating, drinking, and some little talk worth naming till 12.

25. Wednesday and Christmas Day, of all good days in the Year. Off with [Alfred] Waud to Hoboken, a fresh frosty morning. A party of militia crossing, and divers Sportsmen bent of the resolve to astonish Hoboken birds. Joined some three of the latter and a tramp through the marshes, leaping half frozen streams with good or bad success, sliding over bearable ones, hurrying along over the sharp hard, crackling ground, and our breaths streaming out

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-12-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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