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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 186, August 21-22, 1858

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Identifier: DX03563485

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 186, August 21-22, 1858

Description: Describes a day spent fishing with Wardle Corbyn and others.


To our bark, a handsome, spacious one with a big sail and a cabin; ordinarily used for oystering by its owner, [Wardle] Corbin’s neighbor. He, his son (a boy) and two others, besides our party formed the excursionists, though the offices of the former were principally confined to working the vessel. Glorious day but too little breeze. Dead calm. Rowing. Irruptions into cabin, taking snacks which were continued at intervals all day long. Brandy, ham, tomatoes, cigars, cheese with accessories. [Robert] Gun & [Frank] Cahill exasperating unfortunate crab in a bucket who wanted to nip very badly. Sharks seen though not by me. Gun’s revolver. Pistol practice. Afternoon. Breeze. Going ahead finely. Arrival at the fishing grounds. All quit bark and into boat, anchor near “the Beacon” (pronounced “Bacon,”) and to fishing. But little success. Three hours thus, then give up. A snack and doze. Hot coffee, a brisk sail, a cabin off Vanderbilt’s landing or thereabouts, more fishing — Corbyn caught a skate — a very ugly fish from a human point of view. Good bye to him, with Gun and Cahill into boat, round ashore by sailor, and return to New York by steam. I very tired. Corbin is a Georgian. I notice in Southerners a suavity of manner, and quiet sort of cordiality which contrasts strongly with the quick, free and easy and sharp witted tone of the North. Of course either may overlay all sorts of good or evil qualities. I recollect [Oliver] Kellam’s talk striking me as almost home-like in some respects. Should like to see him again.

22. Sunday. To Doctor’s. (When I woke this morning I

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boats and boating


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