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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 178, September 8, 1851

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Identifier: DX09038713

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 178, September 8, 1851

Description: Mentions a story of his that was rejected from publication and a conversation with Margaret Brown at Mrs. Kidder's residence.


8 Monday. Arose hot, clammy & splenetic, from the damp & windows all open, which don’t suit Governors Island. A Mr Norman & a lady arrived as visitors to [William] Barth, having crossed the Atlantic, & bearing home presents for him. The man was a be-Yankefied Englishman, having during twelve years sojourn here managed to assimilate to himself all transatlantic depreciation of his own greater Country. To New York, there leaving them & Barth, to [John B.] Holmes. Back to Ogres’ses at Leonard Street, (as handsome pleasant-faced Mrs Marchant has dubbed Mrs Flowers, the presiding authority here — don’t like the woman.) Letter from Alf [Waud], with M S returned. Disenheartening, save that [Frederick] Gleason’s everyway a vulgar uneducated snob, mute of vessel whilome — what should he know of a tolerably well written tale? Bah — So much for that business. / A Letter from home. Folks at Ramsgate. / To Castle Garden & Wall Street again. Evening after staircase talk with Marchant & wife, to [368] Broadway. Sate talking with Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder for half an hour or, horribly oppressive sultry evening, — when Miss Margaret Brown came, with an elderly cavalier. Monopolized her company, cavalier talking to Mrs K. She paints portraits, in oil, is about to have rooms in Broadway, asked why I hadn’t called if I wanted to see her. Don’t like her so well this time; &mdsh; she’s of the world, worldly. Presently Lotty [Kidder] came in, and began to sing & play. Miss Brown & cavalier departed. Pope called & took Mrs K out for an ice at Taylors, leaving me tete a tete with Lotty, as she wouldn’t go too. Heaven help her, the unmatchable [words crossed out] little creature; — had I met her at the age of sixteen I’d have been in love with her, as ‘tis I should be the greatest ass having to dream of it. She’ll fall to the lot of some snob, unless Fate sends a fitting Orlando . And yet I think no high minded self respecting mind could submit to the pretty slights she’d put on him. (Told me she did not like me at all at first, but she did, better now. I was excentric [eccentric]. I’d like to win her to think of me as a friend, when I later in of an evening — it may-be she may some day

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Publishers and publishing


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