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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 69, March 26-29, 1851

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Identifier: DX01004231

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 69, March 26-29, 1851

Description: Comments on the Anderson brothers, Fred and Pelham.


Fred [Anderson] with his keen ugly and sometimes supernaturally sly-looking face, his acuteness, when necessary, his business habits, his sharp appreciation of “the old man’s [Charles F. Anderson’s]” interests, his drollery and Irish sarcasm — (inherited qualities:) — should succeed in the world, he has the elements of it, no distrust of self, or taste for intellectual pleasure. Pelham [Anderson] with his outrageously Irish, humorous phiz and relish for fun and power of saying and seing [seeing] quaint conviviality is unmatchable too. [words crossed out] They call each other sons of bitches, and damn to any amount, but that’s “only a way they have” and one can but laugh at it, so drolly is’t given. And the Father too, with his rollicking humor, his energy, his business tact, his earnest desire to come forth triumphant in anything, and [words crossed out], and queer ways of expressing it [words crossed out]; — his volubility, overbearing and utterly swamping an opponent in talk, his glorious brogue! — [words crossed out] Evening at [Thomas] Picton’s portrait, Cross playing the accordion part of the time, Alf [Waud] drawing, and rather splenetic. Sent letter to M [Mary Bilton], by this days Mail Steamer. Wonder how Charley [Brown] spends his evenings — how dead he is to us, now.

27. Thursday. Office. Returning at sunset got my hair cut at the Spanish barbers, the first time for I know not how many months.

28. Friday. Office. Evening drawing Picton’s portrait. A call from [Hardin] Andrews. Portrait finished, at Homer Hall’s invite descended and performed whist with him, Cross and Bradley till 11.

29. Saturday. Office. Evening, Mr [Frank] Royal called, and stayed a brief space. Down town to the Era Office, with Editorial portrait. Found Picton deplorably foggy, having possibly imbibed over much, and asleep mid the perpetration of a sentence on paper. Left, and called at Liberty Street, saw good tempered Mrs [Sarah] Richardson, and went to the adjacent tavern

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-03-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
19th century


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