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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 32, July 26-31, 1856

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Identifier: DX03642414

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 32, July 26-31, 1856

Description: Mentions a visit to the Edwards family, in which they all sat on the roof and sang, and having a beer with Walt Whitman.


occupied the interior of the carriage. We had a very pleasant time of it driving about the green lanes, and admiring the fine prospects, though the roads were very dusty. Returned to supper at the boarding-house, and by 9, the three of us [Jesse] Haney, W W [William Waud], and I, back to New York by boat. A lovely night on the bay, stars above, refreshing breeze blowing.

27. Sunday. In doors till evening, the day being furiously hot. Calling at the Edwards’ at night, found the entire family on the house top, sitting in a row on the ridge of the roof, the girls [Sally, Matty, and Eliza Edwards] singing hymns. [James] Partons mother there too.

One of the girl’s had a voice resembling Hannah [Bennett]’s, and it set me thinking — thinking —

28. Monday. Down town. Times, Picayune Offices, Ross & Tousey &c. Writing, hard at it all the rest of the day, and evening.

29. Tuesday. Writing all the morning. Left article at Fowler & Wells, in afternoon, then to Post Office. Met Walt Whitman in Nassau Street, and at my suggestion, to a Lager bier cellar, where we found [Charles] Welden, [Thomas W.] Strong and another. Talked awhile, till they left. Anon we followed, crossed to Brooklyn and had a swim at Gray’s bath. Writing at evening.

30. Wednesday. Writing and down town.

31. Thursday. Ditto. To a meeting of

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1856-07-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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