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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 118, June 12, 1851

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Identifier: DX01026296

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 118, June 12, 1851

Description: Describes a day spent with Edwin Forrest at Fonthill Castle.


[Edwin] Forrest generally came down about 10,” so I was strolling on, looking about; when a stoutly-built man issued out of the house, about some employ. Presently he came again. “Do you come from Mr [John N.] Genin?” I reply, & inquire “when Mr Forrest will arrive?” “I’m Mr Forerst!” says he. Then I look at him more attentively, and procuring the castle-key, we walk there together. A determined looking burly man, has a good high-forehead, and a curt, abrupt authoritative way with him: — I’d say he’d be likely to be rendered tyrannical by opposition. He had on a straw hat, light jacket and pants: it was he who had sat behind me in the car; [words crossed out] Entering the castle, we passed into the library; an octquadrangular apartment, looking towards the Hudson. Turning over a few books, of which there is good store he tells me the key of the place is at my service when I will. I intimate coming on Saturday, and we quit the building. “You are about to return to Yonkers then,” says he. “Will you take some refreshment — glass of brandy and water, or a glass of wine?” I at first decline, but on his repeating the later offer; moved, as much by desire of seeing more of the man as by the offer; accompany him to the house. There, a couple of glasses of sherry, and a dish of strawberries and cream. And what cream! [word crossed out] such thick nectarian richness [words crossed out] Strawberries fresh gathered, and white, crushed, lump sugar! And all this, after that perspiring walk from Yonkers. I [words crossed out] told him that were cholera the result it was the pleasantest death contrivable. Then with trunk [words crossed out] to the road again. A bathe in the Hudson, fronting tall rock and copse, screening the rail-track. Sparkling water, and blue ether, here and there an island fleece of cloud. Walked back to Yonkers, doze in chair by the depot, and return to New York by 2. Call at Mr [Henry] Hart’s; then dined at Sherwoods; then to Robinson Street A letter from Alf Waud. Answered it, writing all the rest of the evening. So [Charles] Brown thinks

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-06-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Clothing and dress
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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