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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 139, January 16-20, 1857

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Identifier: DX03656936

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 139, January 16-20, 1857

Description: Describes the winter scene in New York and receiving an angry letter at the European.


16. Friday. [European] Office. Writing letter to [William] Boutcher &c in the evening.

17. Saturday. Office. To [Frank] Bellew’s in the evening.

18. Sunday. Down town as far as Reade Street. The day an intensely cold one, insomuch that on putting one’s head out of doors, beard and moustache were instantly congealed into ice from frozen breath. Yet it began to snow — steadily.

19. Monday. Down town early. I never saw the city present such an Arctic spectacle. The storm had continued all night and was still in progress. Snow lay in deep banks, while other spots were comparatively bare, areas were half filled shops snowed up &c. Digging out in progress everywhere, mountainous sleighing, and a flurry of snow obscuring all objects at ten yards distance. Talk of no cars running, rail-trains stopped and shipwrecks down the bay on that inevitable Jersey shore. To Express office. To Office. An anonymous letter arrived couched in the most horribly revolting brothel language containing half coherent threats — one “to have the heart out of” The Editor or Editors. I never saw anything so singularly obscene and atrocious. No language but its own could convey a hint of the insane hatred and horrible images suggested by it.

It is just the lowest phase of American character. Democracy sans culotte.

20. Tuesday. Office. A letter from Hannah [Bennett]. To Clinton Hall in the evening, to hear Curtis lec-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-01-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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