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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 35, July 3-4, 1859

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Identifier: DX02962419

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 35, July 3-4, 1859

Description: Describes preparing for a Fourth of July picnic with the Edwards family.



16th street, [Frank] Cahill (who hallooed to me from his window) accompanying, and subsequently. [Jesse] Haney not being at home, seeing me to [E.H.] Chapin's. When I left there the sky was so black overhead as to portend an unmitigated rainy morrow, threatening our proposed pic-nic. I easily resigned myself to its anticipated abandonment for I secretly distrust all set holidays and festivities. If expectation do not produce disappointment, happiness always provokes reminescences and longings which are overpowered by the work of daily life. The girls [Eliza, Matty, and Sally Edwards], however, didn't see it in any such light and were bent on hoping against hope, anent the weather.

4. Monday. Up by 5 or earlier, sunshine, clear and cool. To Edwards' as appointed, through the early streets, sunlight flushing the house-tops; here and there an explosive boy commencing his day's pyrotechnics. Matty, pretty by morning's light as overnight (as not all girls are) with rosy-red in her fair face; Sally nice-looking but paler from lack of sleep — caused by apprehension of bad weather; Eliza, youngest and strictly speaking possessing the finest face of the three, the one with most character in it — appearing severally. Also Haney. Also young [Charles] Honeywell, [Thomas] Nast and [Edward] Wells. Jack [Edwards] discharging pistols promiscuously. Breakfast. Leaving Haney to convey girls in

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Leisure
Fourth of July


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