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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.

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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

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-07-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Courtship
Clothing and dress
Fourth of July
Diaries
Holidays

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