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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 36, October 3-6, 1849

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Identifier: DX08932813

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 36, October 3-6, 1849

Description: Comments on the pregnancy of his landlady Mrs. Haun's married daughter.

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[Brins]ley more or less drunk all the week. / “Hughey” [Hugh Muir] playing the fiddle of a night in our room. / Mrs. Hauns daughter, (married); an inmate of her mother’s house / — about eighteen, not ill-looking and in the state in which “the gowne of greene was all too wide” — / How inexpressibly dear must a woman be, when thus, in the eyes of a husband who loves; what an angel beauty there must appear in her sweet face, when first conscious of approaching maternity. I recollect some exquisite writing on this topic, (if my memory is right,) in Sue’s Matilda. / Assuredly Circe’s magic is but little needed to effect a transformation on most of the “forked radishes with heads fantastically carved ”, that live, breathe and rot in the world they are so unworthy of — swine are they, and like Gryllus swine they will be. Gross, gross, gross — all. The sight of a woman about to become a mother is but the provocative to obscene and filthy jests. And what thoughts does it bring to me? — Ah my own dear girl [Mary Bilton], loved of old, and loved ever, — will thou ever be my wife? — shall I ever see thy sweet face mirrored in one that will call me father — oh could I tell thee of the thousand thoughts the idea conjures up within me! — Why then, then — thou wouldst love me dearly, dearly, ever dearly. / Not at all well this week, whether mentally or bodily. Blue devilled too, witness these rhymes, which I like so well I’ll finish when inspiration’s on

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-10-06

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Poetry
Pregnancy
Women
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Music

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