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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 33, November 24-26, 1857

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Identifier: DX03428889

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 33, November 24-26, 1857

Description: Describes a Thanksgiving visit to the Eldredge family on Randall's Island.

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staying — that he, [Albert] Brainard, knew of his wife [Mary Jewell Waud]’s sickness, of her mother [Celina Jewell]'s visit, of Alf [Waud]'s where abouts, with other particulars of the like sort. He added, also, that he intended to drop down upon 'em yet. Mrs J thinks [Maturin] Ballou is his informant. / Out to a rere-supper at a tavern with [William] Leslie. He told me a characteristic thing of himself. It is his custom to send his mother, in Scotland, certain barrels of apples. With much of glee and exultation he recounted how he had, in purchasing apples for another person, also, made his expenses, so that he performed his annual act of filial generosity sans cost! Very exceedingy Scotch.

25. Wednesday. Down town. Thronged streets — "Evacuation day" and funeral of Gen. Worth. Overtook [Mortimer] Thomson, [George] Arnold & [Frank] Cahill. Pic, Nic-nax and Post Offices. Wurzbach called in the afternoon. Evening to 31st street; returning called on [Frank] Bellew. Brought Major Piercy with me back to [132] Bleecker Street. Up in [Jesse] Haney's room. Stories of India and campaign life and gin and water.

26. Thursday. Invited to spend Thanksgiving Day on Randall's Island. Set off as convoy to a Miss Julia Griffin, sister to the one who was here during the summer months. This Miss Griffin is a very stalwart young lady [Weighty Griffin] — about as tall as a young lady can be without exciting desires to kidnap her in the bosoms of the Barnum race. Withal she is good humored and sensible. A lovely day — clear and cool. A long ride in the cars, then a brief walk and we were rowed across to the island. To the house of our host Mr Eldredge, Warden of the Island, where we were received by his wife, and "Jenny" — Mrs

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1857-11-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Thanksgiving Day
Holidays
Scots

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