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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 182, August 14-16, 1858

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Identifier: DX03560110

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 182, August 14-16, 1858

Description: Mentions that the first messages have crossed the Atlantic by telegraph.


the site of the old Brick Church. [Frank] Cahill, the Mejor and [Frank] Bellew’s brother [Patrick Beckett Bellew] joined us here. Ottarson was very lively and bibilous, trying on the hat or cap of every man in the party, wrestling with “Doesticks” [Mortimer Thomson] &c. The Mejor looked seedy and half-shaven, and bored me with details about a trial of guns, in which the one he is to be “agent” for was defeated — through the villainy and gross bribery of rivals, of course. He told me also that he sailed for Europe next week — that my bowie-knife should be replaced — to which I listened as if I believed it. Bellew’s brother is a tall, acquiline-nosed mustached fellow who has been in Australia. I took my mug of lager and seeing the company were in for a very indefinite number of cock-tails, left. Cahill reported that most of ‘em got rather toddied subsequently. To-bed early, feeling ill and tired.

15. Sunday. To [James] Parton’s in the afternoon. Both “Fanny [Fern]” and Grace [Eldredge] had got bad colds in Canada, especially the former, inasmuch that she coughed very much. A walk to Thompson’s, with Grace and Nelly [Eldredge] in the evening, returning to stay all night.

16. Monday. Blazing hot. Called at [Frank] Pounden’s and with him to New York, he entertaining me by the way with the detail miseries of his household, sisters-in-law, Biddies &c. He talked of nothing else. To F. Leslie’s, then up town. Afternoon to Doctor. [Jesse] Haney back from Jersey.

This day, or rather this night, the first messages crossed the Atlantic by sub-marine telegraph. I put down this as one of the greatest events that has occurred during my

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diseases


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