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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 146, January 24-30, 1853

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Identifier: DX01245141

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 146, January 24-30, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Rebecca Kidder's residence and hearing Lotty Kidder sing.


world acquisite snob & prig as he [John Gotch] is. / Saturday evening, [Joseph H.] Brightly & Charles Brown came, with Alfred Brown. Talk awhile in the Swintonian Office [Swinton and Fay, 290 Broadway], adjourning all to Shades anon. Parted with them about midnight, albeit they wandered on imbibing an hour longer. Not well this week, queer, dull, weary, irritable & matagrabolized.

30. Sunday. A quiet day at Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch’s till 8 in the evening. Then off, and called at Mrs [Rebecca] Kidders. She was there, two young fellows [word crossed out] one — the nothingarian Ward;) and Lotty [Kidder], who jumped up ran to the door and shook hands with me — both hands, — and again. And presently she sang — “Auld Robin Gray” and such songs as I love. Right well I do know that to be out of sight is to be clear out of mind with her, that there is nought stedfast [steadfast] and true in her likings and mislikings, that miserable dupe must the mortal be who relyed [relied] or placed faith in her wayward nature; — yet knowing all this, how her face, smile and voice witched me! How I loved to look at her. Mid all the rattle and battledoor & shuttlecock conversation that ensued I felt a sort of bitter, sorrowful, pitying, misanthropy to think of this girl’s married and empty life. She asked me

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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