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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 184, December 15-16, 1855

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Identifier: DX03980149

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 184, December 15-16, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to his old boarding house run by Mr. Holt.


They are glad I came home to see him —”

Drawing, or trying to do so, with Abbott up once or twice. Down town once. To [132] Bleecker Street, with Sol [Eytinge] and W Waud in the evening, and despite mud, mist, rain and sore throat, out again and walked to the region east of the Bowery, there to get an order for $9 (paid me by Abbott) cashed. Succeeding, to my desolate [168] Duane Street den, to carry away necessaries, and then, leaving the clock ticking on in its wanted monotony, and the dull red walls of Stewart’s staring forbidding into the little room [290 Broadway] where I have sat so many weary evenings, — by omnibus to Bleecker Street. / Three days ago, I thought of boarding with Wurzbach, on his laudation of the place; and accompanied him to supper, to look at it. Twas one of the houses occupied by [Henry] Holt, where I boarded five years ago. I went up the familiar stairs, saw the room I had occupied, — where Joe [Greatbatch], [Henry] Hart, Dillon [Mapother] and so many others had lived, and the place seemed ghostly with memory. Scarcely anything would bribe me to go there, — t’would be getting back again to the struggles and discomforting thoughts of time past. /

16. Sunday. A dull rainy one. In the basement, with Sol, W. W. and [Jesse] Haney. Drawing on wood, painfully. [William] Levison wanders in and out, in a rusty colored dressing gown, being much be-rated, reviled and insulted in a three parts earnest, one part jocular manner. I ill again, after the old nervous, head aching, tremulous, despondent fashion in the afternoon, but managed to resist the hysteric crisis. [James] Parton came in the evening.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1855-12-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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