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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 200, November 21-22, 1853

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Identifier: DX04125065

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 200, November 21-22, 1853

Description: Describes his arrival back in New York after three and a half months traveling.


nuisance, changing cars again. Delay and complaint. A musically voiced lady and children on the way to New York, child suffering for want of water, which at length was gotten. An impracticably stupid Irishman with a strongly scented wife who quarreled with the conductor. A stream of unhappy people looking for seats. Night, rain, and fire-sparkles outside. Onwards, and in time to Detroit Dunkirk. Struggles for baggage, then delivering it into the care of the New York & Erie line, entered cars with the knowledge I should’nt quit ‘em till I arrived in Jersey City. By this time it was about midnight.

22. Tuesday. Onwards we held at a brisk pace throughout the remainder of the night and day. It passed wearily, uneasy sleep, and more uneasy awaking; till, the cars being less crowded I lay on a whole seat, with carnivourously-smelling bear skin for a pillow, and slept. Short stoppages, at the usual places; one for breakfast, (which I effected on remainder biscuit.) On over the well-known Erie road, now bare and brown, and by 6 o’clock, (some tedious waiting occurred, for an emigrant trains delay necessitated it,) — into Jersey City. Very wet it looked too, with its muddy streets, and great water pools. On to the ferry-boat, and Aha! Goodly New York again! — Heaven bless it! Sombre as it looked, (it had been a rainy November day,) it was with almost an home feeling that I tramped up to the Duane Street Depot for my baggage. Half an hours waiting, then up to the old, well remembered corner of Reade & Broadway! There was a light in [Alfred] Swinton’s room, and in the farther one the knave [Charley] Wright was working. Swinton was in, and heartily glad I think to see me, surprised withal. There was an enormous lot of newspapers awaiting me. Went up-stairs and unlocked the door which had remained closed for three months, two weeks space. I had, on leaving closed the outer blinds, but left the windows wide open, wherefore the room looked as though

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-11-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Railroad travel


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