Moncure Daniel Conway, Diary, 1851-1853, MC 1999.6, Moncure Daniel Conway Family Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, p. 33-34.
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2d. Went to Philadelphia. J.S. Girsuch [Gorsuch] aboard - seemed very much dejected on acct. of the murder of his father by the fugitive at Christiana where he was going. We put up at the Columbian - slept together. Went to see Mr. G.R. Crook & lady. Houseful - Mr. Crook's mother & family from Carlisle. Took much int. in watching the Bloomer promenade. It is decidedly pretty - the dress- and just as becoming & decent as the other. People say "How would you like to see your sister dressed thus" - Ans. "Just as well as I would like to see them put on a longer dress if this had been the fashion á century." I had little admiration for the Phil. Bloomers because I saw none in the daytime: which showed that it was not for use but promenade.