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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 22, October 31-November 3, 1857

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Identifier: DX03419788

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 22, October 31-November 3, 1857

Description: Describes setting off on a picnic in Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.


Panic.” Will [Waud] “is, as usual, lazy.” [Fitz James] O’Brien came in the evening. He, [Jesse] Haney and [Frank] Cahill in my room. Toddy, smoke, and talk, and, presently, songs. Broke up at 11, when I went to bed and they to boxing, in Haney’s room.


1. Sunday. A rush to Hoboken trees and rocks with Haney and Cahill, returning to dinner. In doors, for my part, during the rest of the day. Reading and writing — (the last 3 1/2 pages, &c.)

2. Monday. Round early to [Frank] Bellew’s, in 11th Street for block. Saw his brother-in-law, a hearty Irishman, his child [Allie Bellew], Mrs B [Catherine Bellew] and himself. Then returned and drew all day till 8 at night. O’Brien up, with Haney and Cahill in my room. Talk of to-morrow’s pic-nic, and preparations thereupon.

3. Tuesday. [George] Arnold came early and he and Cahill went over to Hoboken by 9 o’clock, I accompanying Haney (who had to go down town) and crossed an hour later. We found assembled in the ferry house the two before mentioned, with O’Brien and [Mortimer] Thomson. [Charles E.] Wilbour couldn’t come in consequence of electioneering Tribunitical responsibilities, and neither Bellew, [Charles] Gaylor or [George] Wilkins (all of whom had been invited) appeared. I encountered Mr Russell — of the “European” — and [John] Watson, the vulturous-looking engraver was hovering about the ferry-house, his breath stinking horribly. After waiting the arrival of several boats and dispatching a messenger to Bellews with a note, we left Cahill behind to wait still longer and set off. Into a carriage all of us, and with baskets &c it proved a very tight fit, Doesticks on the seat beside the driver, from which he got off twice or thrice to purchase now a sauce-pan (to boil suppostitious water in) now a package of sugar, now one of lemons, now

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-10-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Leisure
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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