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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.


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

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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