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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 146, July 25-26, 1851

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Identifier: DX01001099

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 146, July 25-26, 1851

Description: Gives his thoughts on Miss Brown.


regards you intently, an almost [word crossed out] distrustful look of keenness and desire of seeing what you really are. [words crossed out]. A fair-face should be more tranquil and happiness giving. She [Margaret Brown] has no full flow of girlish spirits, and controls her self. Told me however with [word crossed out] quiet emphasis how Charley Brown had said he didn’t think she could Love. She’s [word crossed out] severe in judging Lotty [Charlotte Kidder]’s wilfulness; perhaps natural for a woman to be so. But then, is it marvel, when the girl has been so carelessly tended. Left about 11, a few minutes after the two masculines; making a successful, that is to say not a dull good night. [words crossed out] This girl has beauty, and concentrated common-sense, — that’s a hard quality for a woman. I know no more of her, as yet. I think not of her loveliness of form sensually, yet by the Aphrodite of Homer, what a moment to clasp her in mine arms and feel her queen-like beauty glow with love and returned transport. But that way — (ever passion of the senses lies; though I might fall and succumb to it I know that no pure lasting love can flow from it alone; such should follow, not lead the soul. Does she — can she imagine such a moment I wonder? / M B. The same initials — Oh, Never will you be mine Mary [Bilton], but I think that never again can face so flash thought and emotion into my heart, as did yours, long time ago. You were never what I believed and are less so now, than ever, yet how pleasant was that belief. / Walking to the Ferry, met Watts [John P. Nagle], keeper of the Nassau Street book store & imbibed with him.

26. Saturday. [John B.] Holmes wanting me, at his office all day, putting in landscape to survey. Evening, intended crossing to New York to inquire at boarding-house, but time waning, deserted my intent, so I went to Davis’s. Found him & a going Irish carpenter with some score pieces of meat, as on the morrow a great Christening party was to be given to some thirty Irish friends

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Mythology, Greek


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