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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 143, July 24-25, 1851

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Identifier: DX09997583

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 143, July 24-25, 1851

Description: Regarding a conversation with Miss Brown at Mrs. Kidder's residence.


The Columbus, an old 74 gun ship, now used as a “recieveing” vessel, for aspirant mariners, middies &c. (The young fellows in the boat were of the latter class.) Went over to the three docks, Dunciere explaining everything, with any amount of sailor execration as garnish to the subject, the guns, the ropes, the holy-storied decks, (the men at dinner ‘tween decks, sitting beside the carmen would have made a good painting) till it hung past noon we left & to dinner, or the meal thus amusingly denominated at [222] Washington St. Afternoon to the little dock by Atlantic Street, (calling at another boarding house by the way.) A heavy storm of rain & lightning was threatening but got rowed across to the [Governor’s] Island in time to ‘scape it. There with [William] Barth all the rest of the day, talk anatomical, and physiological, for the most part, till far into the night.

25. Friday. Completing sketch of the Church of Saint Cornelius the Centurion. Left; crossing after an hour or so following dinner, and to Brooklyn again. Supped, and then to New York. Call at the boarding-house in Leonard Street I applied to, directed by Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder, some time back, then to [55] Franklin Street. At the third ring of the bell, came Miss Margaret Brown to the door, she having been aroused from sleep by it. Mrs K & her daughter [Lotty Kidder] were not within, if indeed as it proved they were at Leonard Street;) so there had I the undisturbed company of the fair, stately Miss Brown, for an hour or so. Improved the time [word crossed out] Talk, at first, (and indeed an under current of it ran throughout our converse all the evening,) incidentally complimental on my part & antagonistic on hers. Imprimis she claimed an aptitude for slumber, I glanced at the story of the Sleeping Beauty, & [unclear word] wilful intent of parodying the part of the prince in the fairy tale, by means of a tintillating-door-bell. She reproved the “Beauty” of the intimation, putting the remark to the score of [unclear world] gallantry, usual towards women. This gave me a [word crossed out] opportunity of discursive defence [defense], pointing out the difference ‘twat the coarse dozes of it allministered in common (like Mrs Squeers brimstone & treade), and that which is involuntarily forced from us

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)


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