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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 23, July 13-14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04051833

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 23, July 13-14, 1853

Description: Mentions a procession for Franklin Pierce, who has come to New York to open the Crystal Palace, and the arrival of Charley Brown's fiancee (Beatrice Prideaux) in New York.

Drawing during the afternoon & till 9. [Alfred] Waud with me. A walk together to the Battery, Erford’s subsequently. Then parting, he to room & bed, I to latter & book.

14. Thursday. Down town. All Broadway astir, folk margining the side-walks awaiting the approach of President Franklin Pierce, hither coming to open the Crystal Palace. Returned to room [290 Broadway], Waud drawing in [Alfred] Swinton’s. Dillon [Mapother] called, down-stairs most part of the time. I saw the procession & President from my window. Rain storm set in immediately afterwards. Dined at Erfords. An idle day, did naught, save read and doze. Since my return from Catskill I’ve been under the influence of ill-temper. It always requires a day or so to reconcile you to town life. I’m ill-tempered, and no more the same mortal that was so happy every way last week than —. I feel despondent, irritable & stupid, inclined to depreciate everything. All of which is small & unmanly I know. / Here’s Charley Brown’s Italian widow [Beatrice Prideaux] come on from Boston, — to become his wife / Waud says she’s ugly and distrustful-looking. He saw her at the boarding-house table this morning. I’ve just been out to Erfords, 11 o’clock, met Brown imbibing solitarily there. Young Etting [Solomon Eytinge] came in also. I walked to Vesey Street with Brown, then feeling excessively wide-awake, strolled on, & about New York. A walk down the length of Church Street, past midnight. City live in its viler aspects. Flaring lights behind the green blinds at windows, noise of music, of oaths, of discordant yelling laughter, fat tawdry dressed with harlots with blasphemy on tongue; knots of ill looking fellows loitering before the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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