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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 128, July 3-5, 1851

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Identifier: DX01030829

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 128, July 3-5, 1851

Description: Mentions attending an opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.


Six o’clock arriving, through it, getting very wet, to Liberty Street & Mr [Joseph] Richardsons. Supped with them [Joseph and Sarah Richardson], and stayed here twain; all the city being in an explosive uproar, from the boys anticipating the morrow. Rockets from houses, fire crackers everywhere, and the summer lightning playing merrily. Call, and saw [John N.] Genin, then to Brooklyn.

4. Friday. With J B Holmes to his Office in Wall Street, then to do a landscape in color, as Paulding the destined artist had not appeared for two days. But as he came ere I had commenced, my employ was frustrated. After an hours talk, out, and up Broadway mid crackers and pistol-shots to the Park. There, a row of militia men, there white pants fearfully mudded, even to the knee and perspiring awfully. Music and parade, fireworks everywhere. A leisurely ramble and return to Brooklyn and dinner. Doze afterwards, broken by the advent of [William] Barth, who stayed the afternoon. Joined him after tea at Castle Garden & was shortly afterwards joined by Creesey & another from the [Governor’s] Island. The opera of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Italian, and well sung, the performers, whether animated by the occasion, or desirous of creating a sensation put amazing fire in their parts. (I think had [Walter] Scotts and legend been more closely adhered to, ‘twould have been better, that Lady Macbeth sort of mother of Lucy being cut out, and Bide the Bent been bedeviled into Raymonds show that the Italian knows little of the spirit of the tale. Imbibitions between the acts; a full audience, and once some fair women with their white shoulders draped in summer gossamer before us. Fireworks, seen from the balcony, and then we walked up Broadway to an Oyster Supper. Parted on the Brooklyn side of the Atlantic Street ferry, and a walk through the treed quiet streets “tew hum.”

5. Saturday. Mr [Henry] Hart called, having just arrived from the country. With him to New York. To [Thomas W.] Strongs, Genins, (where I got paid $24 ) & to the “Leader” Office.) “Era” no longer.) Talk with [Thomas] Picton, then the morning waning, parted, Mr Hart to the country, I to Brooklyn. Reading & in afternoon, evening to New York, (while spacious-brimmed hat buying by the way.) To [177] Canal Street for things, then by

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-07-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fireworks
Fourth of July
Publishers and publishing
Armed Forces
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)


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