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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 41, January 21-24, 1851

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Identifier: DX09863978

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 41, January 21-24, 1851

Description: Comments on David Copperfield, and mentions meeting Arthur Evans, who had been traveling to the South and West.


the Yarmouth boatman Peggotty, with his deep love for his pretty mere, his manliness, his quaint, and to me pleasant Norfolk phrase. At the terrible scene of the flight of Em’ly the heart is fain to find relief in tears, so great is the authors power of portraying the agony of unfathomable love in the heart, the glorious English heart of the man. But why name one, when All, All is so good, so true, so mirth and sympathy-moving, so pure, — so worthy of the God-given Genius [Charles Dickens] producing it. Happy Times to have such instructors! happy to live and enjoy and understand them!

22. Wednesday. Hat drawing all day. Evening. Dillon [Mapother], Mr [Henry] Hart, Charley [Brown] and [Alfred] Waud company. Playing Whist till 12, and when Mr Hart and Dillon had then left, an hour afterwards with Cross and Freeman.

23. Thursday. In-doors all day, hat copying. Have got through Turkish, Old English, am doing Russian, Laplandic, &c. Charley and [Arthur] Mason in anon; report that Albert Brown was dying had suddenly fetched them uptown to discover it to be exaggerated statement. He lieth in imminent danger though. Poor fellow, good looking, young, and — that’s all. A handsome picture frame with naught in it.

24. Friday. Down town. To [John N.] Genins, to Era Office, (where I got $5 on account from Atwood,) to Spottiswoode’s (parcel not-forthcoming yet,) to Genin’s again, and then to [Joseph] Richardson’s. In doors all the afternoon. Evening a visitor arrives. [Arthur] Evans, one of the Oxfordshire born brethren I met at Holt’s [168 Duane St.] last September, a good-tempered sensible fellow. Hath been travelling, west and South, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chilicothe, New Orleans, Mobile, Charleston &c. Mapother and Mr Hart came; (the latter having to seal agreement about a survey he has been appointed to is absent half-an hour, but rejoins us.) Gave Evans my Daguerrotype, for transportation to England, he having with his brother taken a passage in a vessel anticipating to clear out to morrow. Talk, fumigation and ale till 11, when I walked out with them. Left

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-01-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Daguerreotype
19th century
Clothing and dress


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