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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 215, August 12-21, 1857

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Identifier: DX03789799

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 215, August 12-21, 1857

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


Easton's beach, and had a bathe. Back, and to dinner at 3. Ladies in full dress, everything very stylish, promenade after dinner while the band played. Round to the other hotels in the evening, and to a gambling hell, with Helmsmuller. Faro and roulette, perhaps half a dozen players.

[11. Thursday through 21. Friday] Newport is, unquestionably, the most fashionable of American watering-places. I am reminded by it of the description one reads in the novelists of the last century of British spas — of the Bath of the days of "Humphrey Clinker." Dancing, dressing, gossip, talk of the "good" company &c, drinking and spending money. The routine here is as follows. You bathe, or go to see the ladies bathe in the morning. Easton's beach is a spacious cove or bay of the smoothest and softest sand, with the jolliest rolls of Atlantic surf tumbling in, and a long row of water sentry boxes to dress in. At noon a red flag intimates permission to go in sans costume. Then there are rambles about the cliffs, anon dinner — a good hour’s business — promenade, and at night "a Hop," at one or other of the hotels. The season is now at its height, though complained of as being less brilliant than past ones. I find some acquaintances here. [Matthew] Brady the daguerrotypist and Russell (of the "European"), the latter with his wife and daughter. They came on the same night as I did. Walking on the piazza one evening in front of the hotel Russell told me a good deal about Colonel [Hugh] Forbes; from

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-08-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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