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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 122, September 25, 1853

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Identifier: DX04141428

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 122, September 25, 1853

Description: Describes a walk through Cincinnati, Ohio.


are all spacious and luxuriously furnished, and system perfect. Strolling to the side of the Ohio, Ca the waters low & shrunken by the hot summer, ungainly flat boats of elonged square-shape there lying. On the Kentucky side of the river are Newport & Covington, the latter partially situate on hilly ground, which farther on slopes still higher. Lumber yards and manufacturings, unpicturesque enough, apparently left high and dry by the river, running far down at the bottom of the shelving banks, adown which dirty channels meandered; — this on the Ohio side. A walk about the city. Tis truly the New York of the West. Fine stores, and handsome streets innumerable, many churches, handsome private residences. “Over the Rhine” as they dub the district beyond the Canal, you are in Germany. Lager Bier shops, Gast houses, & Teutonic signs everywhere, Deutschemen & their vrows promenading. By 11 back to the Hotel, a suggestion of turtle-soup for lunch, then a miscellaneous read at newspapers until 1. Dined in state Methinks one glides very easily into the art of living in lordly style. I can sit in an immense room, where some hundreds are dining, lean calmly back in my chair and go over a most comprehensively Sardinapalian bill of fare, selecting a tasteful dinner and leisurly go through with its disposal, with due appreciation, as well as any Duke. A self distrustful man sat beside me, who when the waiter enquired Would he take his roast beef rare or well done? replied that ‘twas no matter which, — anything would do. I don’t think that’s paying proper respect to a good dinner, & a mortal who can’t appreciate one is an imperfect creature. Machiavel, who was wont to dress himself in full costume when about to read the ancients, “because”, said he “I am now going into good company.” might be paraphrased in slightly different manner, touching dining. My

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Ohio River


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