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Identifier: DX01019516

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 103, May 16-18, 1851

Description: Comments on a visit to Mrs. Kidder and their discussion about books.

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pronounced him [Washington Irving] a sleepy old gentleman, and was inclined to depreciate him as he hadn’t found out he was in no ordinary society, and roared as gentle as it were a sucking dove or nightingale. [William] Shakespeare was admired — how laughable this always is; when not one in a thousand of his admirers read him. We talked of [Lord] Byron and [Thomas] More — Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] by the bye wanting to know the difference between the author of “Utopia” and of “Lalla Rookh.” No one had read [Percy Bysshe] Shelley. Mrs K “admired the character of Gulnare.” Alfred Brown, — the elder of the Browns [words crossed out] talked [word crossed out] common-place [word crossed out] like the rest. It was all very funny. [words crossed out].” Now [unclear words] all these peoplle [people] really believed they were doing the intellectual (with no capital to trade upon.) [words crossed out].

17. Saturday. To the Post Office, and to Wall Street, where I saw Mr [Charles F.] Anderson. To the [Richard] Hutchings-Dyspepsia-Picayune-quack’s Office, where for a moment I met rascal Hawkins. Back to Robinson; drawing a little, and more reading of Bulwer [Edward Bulwer Lytton]’s “Harold.” Evening called at [168] Duane for a brief space, then return, bed-mounting with a compound I got from Laurie, for the benefit of bugs, which, veritably exist here in legions. I as Leigh Hunts clam says, could wish for the sign of the comb to scratch myself with. Reading till far into the night.

18. Sunday. Through the rain to [E.H.] Chapins. A good sermon on the Prodigal son, though not great; the soul of it being that we contemplated Deity with more of [unclear word] than love, which moves all things. Mr [Henry] Hart there. Returning, and the day clearing, having completed “Harold,” started to the Ferry, crossed to Brooklyn, found a boatman, and was rowed across the tranquil water to Governors Island. [William] Barth was right glad to see me, and narrated how that his anticipatory wedlock thoughts had ended, and for good reason. Very busy was he, as a band-master lay above, sick unto death. Livers and Creesey called, both staying a little space. At about midnight, just as I had

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-05-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Diaries
Religion
Sermons
Insects
Boardinghouses
19th century

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