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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 180, September 12-15, 1851

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Identifier: DX09047212

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 180, September 12-15, 1851

Description: Comments on a visit to Mrs. Kidder's residence and a conversation with the women there.


12. Friday. Wrote letters to [Willim] Boutcher, and to Dillon Mapother. Sent them off. Twice to Castle Garden, and in vain. Crossed to Brooklyn at sunset, with intent to go to the [Governor's] Island, but could not find a boatman, so returned unwell and discontent. Out for a brief space with [C.W.] Warren in the evening.

13. Saturday. Creecy called, so out with him. Perepatetic imbibition, visit, to Castle Garden. Dined at Shelleys, then a bathe at Rabineau's. To Governor’s Island in the afternoon; remaining all the rest of the day and night.

14. Sunday. Very unwell all day, continuous diarrhea. Sudden change in the weather insomuch that we had a fire at night, it being very cold. Dismally passed day, till fire and waning.

15. Monday. Back to New York, being still queer and weak. Called at Wall Street, [Thomas W.] Strongs &c To Leonard, thence to Canal & the bootmaker. Queer and unfit for anything all the afternoon. Evening to [368] Broadway. Albert Brown, Lotty [Kidder], her mother [Rebecca Kidder] and three female visitors there, (two resident at Washington.) Lotty sang a little, but getting piqued at the folks talking quitted the piano. Had a bit of a quiet talk with her, she sitting beside me (par accidens) on low stool; — in black velvet bodice and white frock, her fair plump neck and shoulders contrasting with her jet black hair. General talk anon, and presently I and Albert Brown act as convey to the visitors to their several destinations, Mrs K going too. I having to squire a well-looking, curt-speaking Philadelphia born lady, whom I should not have thought to have been wed, but subsequently Mrs K stated she was a widow. Seeing her to her door, receiving general invite to future whist; putting the other ladies in omnibus, we then retrograded. Albert Brown leaving, took a few turns up and down Broadway with Mrs K, then back, where she read me parts of a M S tale of her composition — (in the elaborately-intellectual-sentimental style.)

I am curious to know Mrs George Brown. She has just done one of the richest pieces of absurdity conceivable. A writer in the "Tribune" having criticized — The Lord knows with justice, her book of "poems and tales," straightway she indites an indignant,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-09-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Clothing and dress
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Women authors


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