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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 129, August 1-2, 1855

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Identifier: DX03936559

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 129, August 1-2, 1855

Description: Describes his arrival in New York from the steamship Washington.

Transcription:

August.

1. Wednesday. It is known that we are within a day's journey of New York; and there are plenty of symptoms of the aproaching break up of the little world of intimacys contracted during the past two weeks. Destinations and addresses are exchanged; waiters volunteer copious offerings of almonds and prunes; and rumors reach us of a sumptuous dinner, and champagne in the first cabin. The day is hot, and some anticipate New York weather by coming out in summer clothing. Our diet is, however no wise mended. A pilot comes aboard at early morning; and before sunset the long, low, bevel shore of Long Island is in sight, looking green and pleasant to sea wearied eyes. I wash all over, put out clothes for the morrow, and go to bed, without any anticipation of sleeping, in which I am not deceived.

2. Thursday. Dressing in darkness, turned up on steamers roof; of a row, dull morning, to look on Staten Island, the well remembered Battery, bay, Governors Island, and masts of New York. Right glad was I to see it. Up the North river for a space goes the Washington, her guns arousing the sleepers it in the city with the intelligence that the voyage is accomplished. The foot of Beach Street and the mail-cars, — next a great hauling forth of bales, boxes and baggage for custom house inspection; which, as j usual, is just enough to prove an annoyance, and just too little to detect any thing. You have, with infinite labour to uncord boxes, and unlock trunks, when after a cursory glance to the depth of three inches, the custom-house authority flourishes a chalk mongr monogram on the lid, and "tis passed." A throng of Irish carmen, hotel stage-drivers, and the like aboard. I

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-08-01

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Ocean travel
Transportation
Travel
Long Island (N.Y.)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)

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