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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 214, August 9-12, 1857

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Identifier: DX03788929

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 214, August 9-12, 1857

Description: Describes a trip to Ocean House in Newport, Rhode Island, to sketch and write an article for Frank Leslie's Illustrated News.

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him — [Oliver] Dyer. A very pleasant day. Left at sunset, walked to [Frank] Pounden’s, tried the door, returned to New York, talked an hour or so with Mrs Andreotti, and Miss [Weighty] Griffin, ascended to attic and wrote two articles for Picayune.

10. Monday. Non mi recordo. Hither and thither.

11. Tuesday. Wrote letters to Dick Bolton, Foster, &c. On Tuesday afternoon set off for Newport. R. I. to write and sketch for [Frank] Leslie's "Illustrated." Embarked at 6, lovely afternoon. Crowded boat, horrible headache, got acquainted with young Bostonian, supped, and very soon to bed or rather berth. Rose at midnight and went on deck. Newport by 2. Long pier, hack drivers &c, bowling through quiet streets to Ocean House — the crack hotel of the place. Assigned a room in the "colony" and to bed.

12. Wednesday. Breakfast in big room capable of accommodating five or six hundred persons, with waiters in proportion. Delivered introductory letters to Weaver the proprietor and Ormsbee the book-keeper, and was introduced by the former to a Mr Helmsmuller. He is one of the Germanians, a musical composer, plays on all sorts of instruments, takes tickets at the "hops," and is, in short a musical fac-tatem. He had travelled with [P.T.] Barnum, Jenny Lind and Frank Leslie. Went with him to the residence of a Mr Wetmore who had been giving a great fete champetre to Peabody at which some 3000 guests were present. Over the house. Alone to

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-08-09

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Travel
Journalism
Hotels
Germans
Musicians

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