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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 234, October 17-19, 1858

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Identifier: DX03599024

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 234, October 17-19, 1858

Description: Describes his journey by railroad from Elimira to New York.

Transcription:

book, then to sleep.

18. Monday. To Elmira with Mr Eldredge, in wagon. To Mr Strongs' office. He off to Corning. While waiting at a shop door for Mr E. I chanced to overhear an odious and singular piece of blasphemy, on the part of a man who was denouncing a third person to a companion. Said he "I'm as far ahead of him as J___s C____t is of the devil!" repeating it again and again, as though he had found quite an opposite illustration. To Mr Strong's house. Packed carpet-bag, donned travelling dress again, and was hastily driven to depot by Mr Eldredge. About an hour too soon as usual. Off by 12.5. A lovely day. Way-side foliage beautiful. Nature can't even effect dissolution and decay without beauty. This N.Y and Erie is the most picturesque railroad in the U.S. I should think. Had a row with book pedlar who wanted to clear me out of my seat — I was as much in the wrong as he — on reflection gave him seat. Got to New York by 10 1/2; rode up to [132] Bleecker St in omnibus; let myself in, saw light under [William] Leslie's room, went in, found him and Gladdy [Gouverneur]. Learnt that Mrs [Elizabeth] Gouverneur was in the house, having come back with old Mrs Cooper. Out for an oyster stew, then to bed.

19. Tuesday. I find the house quite full of folks. There is a new family — American father, good looking black-haired Jewish mother and three children — boys. Mrs Gouverneur is only here for the day. She sat opposite me at di breakfast this morning and gave me a soft "Good morning, Mr Gunn!" (I'd made up my mind not to

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-10-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Railroads
Transportation
Travel

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