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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 71, April 1-2, 1851

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Identifier: DX01005127

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 71, April 1-2, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty.

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his [Fred Anderson’s] capless condition. Finally after supper he comes himself, sees me, but not Alf [Waud], but obtaineth not the cap, and has to borrow Mac’s dingy oil-skin on to return home, being thus out-fooled. / Mr [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother] called. Left them in Broadway, and went to Franklin Street, calling on Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder’s Charley [Brown]’s “mother” that will not be, “Lotty [Kidder]” come in shortly, and a good tempered en bon pant Jane Gibson, with whom I sat talking till past ten. Mrs Kidder [words crossed out] talkative sans limit, and [word crossed out] I being a good listener the time passed well enow. Charley’s letter’s or part read to me. He has not written for a fortnight, and there are more than indications that their “loving voyage is but for two months victualled.” She is “perfectly indifferent.” He addressed two letters to “Mrs Charles Brown” — she replied that would he send the address of that lady she would forward them to her, also bidding him not put all the sentiment outside the letter, he having been plentiful in sealing wax affection-drops. They know him thoroughly, of his debts, and proneness to play first fiddle. The Ego of his letters was prominent, nor were they true letters. He woed the daughter through the mother. Had he been as careful to make her love him, as to shine, she might have been taught to. [words crossed out]. A shrewd little creature is she, and feminine hearted, says she won’t wed till she’s one and twenty, as she don’t want to make a fool of herself; — don’t like being “buttered,” and laughed furiously in narrating that Fogg had said of her nose “he’d never seen such a one in his life—” Says that Alf Waud flattered her and she don’t like him. Spake earnestly to me, though with a pretty wilfulness. Accident and absence will sever them, — unwise Charley! [words crossed out] Will you meet a prize to match this little, black eyed, wild haired, earnest faced, impulsive, merry hearted girl.

Nor will she know the value of her own hear [heart] till Sorrow has taught her the worth of it. / Played cavalier to Miss Gibson for the space of a few blocks, on leaving, and then to [177] Canal Street home.

2. Wednesday. Office all the dull drizzling, splashing wet day.

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1851-04-01

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Hats
April Fools' Day
Diaries
Practical jokes
Holidays
Women
Courtship
Debt

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