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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 157, February 14-17, 1853

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Identifier: DX01250633

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 157, February 14-17, 1853

Description: Describes attending a meeting of the ''Amusement and Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society.''

Transcription:

[Charles] Weldon called for “Bleak House.”

15. Tuesday. In doors all day, never a soul calling till evening, when came [Joseph H.] Brightly and [Charles] Brown; and it being my seven-and-twentieth birthday, I must even go to the Shades, there to drink and talk till midnight.

16. Wednesday. Rain all day long. Writing, in-doors.

17. Thursday. Writing & drawing. Brown came at 6 in the evening, and after he had decorated himself at his boarding-house, (whither Alf Waud now resides, and whither I intend to;) — off by the Cars up town to Lamartine or Lafayette place; — a stylish private house, where the migratory Amusement & Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society is this night held. Two handsome rooms, rival artificial dog-stars therein, in the shape of huge fires; girls about and men. The minutes of last week &c read over with due mystery & closed doors, the company mixed. A Scene from [John] Howard Payne ’s “Brutus ” read, — dismal. A tepid see-saw rhyming Indian Legend read. Charley recites “the Song of the Shirt,” well. Another dreary business read. I sell ‘em all by reciting Doctor [Samuel] Johnsons “Hermit hoar,” the conclusion of which produced a roar. Alfred Brown essays to read [John] Milton, does it wretchedly, girls talk and one laughs. He waxes irate and sulks all the evening, after venting a

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-02-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Birthdays
Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Artists
Diaries
Poetry
Societies
Courtship
Clubs
Women

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