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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 129, July 5-7, 1851

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Identifier: DX01031282

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 129, July 5-7, 1851

Description: Comments briefly on his fellow boarders in the Washington Street boarding house.


past 9 to Mr [Joseph] Greatbatchs; there an hour, then to Brooklyn.

6. Sunday. Meanderings about in search off [of] Fogg. Having found the private residence of his “boss,” learnt his, and to it. Columbia St, long way south. Saw him, he hath become a citizen of the world by getting married. Returning, walking down the treed avenues met the boy Andersons [Fred and Pelham], who subsequently met some girls they were neighbour too. / Boys called again at about 5, so out with ‘em, and strolled on the heights awhile. Sate in the sitting room, in converse with boarders during the evening. Decent sort of folks I think. Mrs Paterson, stout, [words crossed out] Anglo West-Indian, Jamaica born; married daughter & husband of her; single daughter with that name rejoiced in by the chaste mistress and wife of Jonathan Wild the great, Letitia, or “Tishy” as they call her. A widow, Nova Scotia born, with wedded daughter, husband on the way to California, unwedded one also. Men, White, my room-mate, straw hat maker, two Irishmen, whom however Civilization hath long shorn of their apochryphal tails, one doeth the comic, and it is customary to laugh at his sayings. Others with no, as yet, prominent characteristics. [John B.] Holmes doth the exclusive, and appears not much.

7. Monday. To the North River Side of New York, knife purchasing; to [177] Canal St & West Broadway, boots buying. To Schnieder Moreys for reunified pants, then back to Brooklyn. Writing. Mr [Henry] Hart called, and dined with me. Project talked of which, I think, beareth promise of making $. Saw him to the Ferry; then back Drawing. Evening, going to the Bathing House for a dip, met [William] Roberts (who lives in Brooklyn, and in together; he bibulous. When our swim was over, to a tavern, where we discuss “smashes” & doings in the engraving way. Traits & disclosures apropos of Charley Brown during his apprenticeship. How Roberts put him in the “Tomb” as a refractory prentice, how Charley did the penitent on quitting it. Also of [Warren] Butler (whom Roberts is [word crossed out] down upon) inasmuch as he woed his sister surreptishously, nor asked Roberts’ consent till the last moment. Invited by Roberts to a cruise he comtemplates in sailing boat, on Thursday. Met Butlers Brother, Oysters & Ale together, then parted. Folks dancing first set when I got back.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Clothing and dress


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