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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 155, February 10, 1853

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Identifier: DX01249634

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 155, February 10, 1853

Description: Mentions attending an ''Amusement and Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society'' meeting organized by Alfred Brown, including both men and women.


called at Dob’s [177 Canal St.] by the way, I tarrying his [Charles Brown’s] leisure in the little boot-makers shop. Dob [Elizabeth Dobson] hath been writing to & boring [Alfred] Waud to talk to Brown. / In to the cars, and up one of the avenues, then alighting, an hour spent in finding the house, Charley having mistaken the avenue. This effected, at length. Into a spacious handsomely furnished room of a stylish up-town boarding house; some ten or twelve persons of either sex therein. Alfred Brown there. Introductions &c. (The Society meet once a week thus, at the houses of members.) Closed doors while they read their minutes &c, then all issuing forth into the huge sitting room, the “business” or pleasure commenced. Firstly one member read something from “Richelieu” rather dismally, then a lady-member, [words crossed out] favoured us with a scathing denunciation of tobacco, which she had concocted. She was not to blame, — but Brown’s brother who gave her such a dismal subject to descant upon, — what the deuce could she do, but the moral & statistical. Then Charley gave a recitation right well — Campbell’s “Two Spirits.” I followed with tolerable success. Anon some singing &c, then dancing, then forfeits. All this latter part was pleasant enow. There was one handsome, fair-faced woman, with exquisite bust and figure, innocent-looking

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-02-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Speeches, addresses, etc


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