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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 217, August 12-21, 1857

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Identifier: DX03791540

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 217, 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.

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[note at top of page]: For future particulars about [John B.] Magruder, see last page of volume 19.

dance of the season, the inevitable “Lancers.” So they played again, and yet again, the final dance coming off on the ramparts, in an exceedingly picturesque manner. Here I saw the acknowledged belle of Newport, a Mrs Duncan, wife to a New York dry-goods merchant, and her not less handsome sister, owning the same name, though claiming Natchez Miss. as her birthplace and residence. Returning — our Ancient Mariner by the bye, in charge of the boat had got disgusted at our delay and set off without us, so we had to avail ourself of another and a smaller, wherein we presented rather a jammed up spectacle — I went to hear Henry Russell, who gave a concert in Ocean Hall — the topmost story of the “Colony” — where I heard the “Lancers” being practiced every morning. Newport is a “quaint, old-fashioned, quiet town” as [Henry Wadsworth] Longfellow calls it. You won’t see half a dozen brick houses in a mornings walk — all white and wooden. The town proper lies by the waterside, in a declivity, the island sloping upwards inland. I liked strolling on the quiet wharfs, looking at the glad bright sea. Being introduced to a Mr Hammond, editor of the Newport News, I loafed away a morning in his office. I half envy these country editors. Letters, one from my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] (forwarded from [132] Bleecker Street) another from [Dillon] Mapother, and one from Alf Waud, in reply to one written to him. The copy of my P. N. Y. B. H [Physiology of New York Boarding-Houses] arrived at Rodney Buildings, with a demand of 1 [pound],, 16s postage! Dillon’s tells of

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-08-21

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Travel
Balls (Parties)

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