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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 48, February 14-15, 1851

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Identifier: DX09895072

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 48, February 14-15, 1851

Description: Describes Charles Brown's departure for Boston.


brain didn’t get to sleep soon. By the bye, one thing have I omitted in the days chronicle. Ere going to [William] Roberts in the afternoon I accompanied him to Franklin Street, where resides his anticipatory mother in law [Rebecca Kidder]. There I saw “Lotty” [Charlotte Kidder] — a blessing on her black eyes, [word crossed out] and pretty foot. She sate in a rocking chair talking with me while Charley [Brown] made his visit in the adjoining room. Shall I see her his wife; — will this end happily for him? I hope so — he may cast again but will not win such another prize, I think. Well Alls Well that ends Well, [words crossed out]

15. Saturday. Up early, of a dark, rainy morning, dressed, and with Alf Waud and Charley to the New Haven Depot. He runs on to Franklin Street, returns, [Arthur] Mason comes up, shakes hands, and the cars move on We accompany him to the place where the locomotive is hitched on. So standing at the rear under the shelter of the overhanging roof we gaze out at the rain and mud and mist and New York. Arrived at the place, 32nd St Charley’s off, rushes down to the house, through the little garden to have a parting hug at his “Lotty”. But alas! she was abed, and so her ruthless uncle told him. Wherefore he returned, mounted, shook hands, and we bade God speed him, the cars moved on, and the last we saw was his head stretched out betwixt them.x We enter the depot, make a sketch of a locomotive, and then return through rain and mud. Parting with Alf, I get back to [177] Canal, breakfast in kitchen, then ascend and draw, in company with Mr Cross, who designeth supplying Charley’s place in the room and occupying his bed. Alf with us during the evening. A visit from Mason. [William] Barth called in the morning, telling how that he had got his berth of Hospital Steward and therefore would remain some time on the Island.

/ This day, five four and twenty years ago, in the stone-built “ark” Neithrop nigh to Banbury came I, (I suppose a little red biped), into


x Last time I ever looked in him through a false medium. June 1851.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-02-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Women
19th century
Armed Forces


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