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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 33, July 31-August 2, 1853

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Identifier: DX04060839

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 33, July 31-August 2, 1853

Description: Mentions the sudden death of restaurant owner, Erford, and describes a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York with Henry Hart.

[masque]radings, going out in men’s attire with men, not her husband, and what not. / Back to room, and [Alfred] Waud, Mr [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother] calling in by 10 1/2. Ice creams at Thompsons. Parted at 12 at the Jersey Ferry.

August. /

1. Monday. A letter from Mackinac. [William] Barth, on getting a cold paternal letter, intimating that self-dependance and a furnished garret awaited him in England; hath re-enlisted. It is not so ill as might seem. He is enabled to live well, and put by certain monies monthly. Has $200 to bank. Writes warmly, inviting me to go for a month’s Mackinac-izing. Think I’ll do part of it. In doors all day. Made three drawings on wood, then reading the “Vestiges of Creation.” Supping at Erford’s. found Waud and another. Bye the bye Erford, whom we saw well and drinking with a great posse of loud talking Britishers, on Saturday noon, (he had that day returned from a visit to England,) died of apoplexy that night, and was buried yesterday. I walked through the rain to Beach Street, but Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] had not returned, so back again, wet through to room [290 Broadway].

2. Tuesday. Mr Hart calling, with him down town, parting I did calls, Picayune Office, Wells & Webbs &c, then breakfasting at Goslings was rejoined by Hart. Together by the Sixth Avenue Cars to the Crystal Palace. Entering at the turn-style, number of visitors indicating doorway, stood speedily in the interior. The appearance of the building vastly surpassed such indefinite expectation I had formed. The effect of the dome, its space, lightness and bright colours were all exquisite. And

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-07-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Death
Ice cream, ices, etc.
Books and reading
Clothing and dress
Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)


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