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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 36, July 4, 1859

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Identifier: DX02963189

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 36, July 4, 1859

Description: Describes a Fourth of July picnic excursion with the Edwards family and friends.



carriage we fellows set off down Broadway and to the North river, near Robinson St, where lay the Armenia with fluttering flags and the old "Calliope" playing like a musical giant with the stomach ache! Carriage and girls [Eliza, Matty, and Sally Edwards] there already. Mr & Mrs E. [George and Sarah Edwards] stay behind for an hour or two, not caring to trust house entirely to new Biddy. Up the river. On the breezy after deck all sitting together — rather too breezy. Ed Wells with felt hat flapped about his ears and coat skirts drawn over his trousers looking like something between [Charles] Dickens' Fagin an[d] an abbot out on a spree. Little [Thomas] Nast shoulder shrugging and grimacing, rather devoting himself to Eliza. Sally taking care of little Jessie [Edwards], Mrs George Edwards girl, in which office I relieved her. [Jesse] Haney fumigatory. [Carl] Knudsen (whom I’ve forgotten to mention) finding it windy and looking very Norse and Hardy-Knutish. [Charles] Honeywell as much beside Matty as practicable. He is but hard there, and made some progress during the day; she palpably "didn't mind"; hitherto she has been more than indifferent. Not a very brilliant or sensible young fellow, but I liked him; he is in earnest as far as he knows. There's always something touching in a boys' young feelings about a pretty girl. I fancied how the day must be glorified to him, the sparkling river and bright morning sky, how he must look at and think of her

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-07-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Clothing and dress
Fourth of July


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