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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 80, January 27-29, 1850

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Identifier: DX08743768

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 80, January 27-29, 1850

Description: Discusses finally receiving a letter from Mary Bilton and going to see a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

defiled? Back — dined, in my room during afternoon. Mr. [Joseph] Greatbatch and the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] came for some twenty minutes. / Did not stir out the rest of the day, partly expecting Hughie [Muir] and [Bill] Collinson. Evening rather dreary. In the big sitting-room, lamp going out.

28. Monday. Getting stove pipe in order and thereanent. Fire being perpetually lit and going out. Did the latter myself, — for a short time. Evening raining, crossed to Jersey, and calling at the shop of Collinson’s “boss” found that he and Hughie had crossed to call on me. Wherefore passing over to the New York side, paced up and down till nigh upon 9, then reflecting that the letter Hughie was said to have for me might be from her [Mary Bilton], I hurried on to Duane. And there, lying on the table set out for the morning’s meal, I found it. A former letter has miscarried. To bed, with a light heart and a thousand loving thoughts — all the world of circumstance brightened and more cheerful.

29. Tuesday. To the Bowery, leaving knife for sharpening, shirt button and needle-buying et cetera. Then a good long day’s work, content and cheerful, well-pleased at solitude. At night, ascertaining from the talk of sitting-room loungers that Ralph Waldo Emerson lectured that evening at the Clinton Hall, set off there. Paid my 25 cents, and was admitted into gallery, place crowded to excess, only standing room obtainable. Subject of lecture altered from that of “London” to “Spirit of the Times” —

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-01-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Lectures and lecturing


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