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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 132, July 8-10, 1851

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Identifier: DX01032644

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 132, July 8-10, 1851

Description: Describes a sailing trip taken with Roberts and other men.


He [Samuel Beazley] was a friend of [Thomas Edward] Hooks & figures in Gilbert Gurney as “Dale.” Hook wrote his anticipatory epitaph—thus “Here lies Sam Beazley Who lived hard and died easily.” He was polite to every body. He made a sort of Jorkins of his sister, an old maid & cripple, of whom we’d be informed “Miss Beazley didn’t like poster pots being seen in the Office.” &c. He, let him return home from whatever place, or whatever how would read through a Chapter of the Bible.

9. Wednesday. Finished drawing & to Strongs with it. Paid $6 for it. To [177] Canal Street for stone bottle & to Cedar St for whiskey for the morrow. Afternoon to New York again, [Thomas W.] Strongs for fresh block, [John N.] Genins, then Across the Atlantic Street ferry, waited at water side with intent to go to the Island, but no boat to be had. Evening to the dwelling of [William] Roberts; the companions for cruising being there. Left & to New York, to Holt’s [168 Duane St.] for old coat &c, when returning a grand storm of thunder & lightning, blue glare all around you & the wet streets torrent like.

10. Thursday. To Roberts’ by 8. Conveying things to the boat with the other fellows, sturdy & good tempered; two of [Warren] Butler’s brothers, the one in Genin’s employ & another; & engravers also, (or “woodpeckers’s as Roberts called ‘em.) He himself had shaved off his black beard and was scarcely recognizable. At the basin by the Bathhouse, there getting things aboard, into boat hired for the purpose, which was to be towed by our sailing one. I crossed to New York to fill barrel with the Crotan. Great to do & at bout noon all, seven in number, aboard, sail up, and off we go, “Joe” Butler in the boat holding provant. A brisk breeze, and we scudded before it in great style, now a wet shirt from a wave washing over us, now flute-playing by Engraver ([Augustus] Fay) with red moustache and hat like a crushed bell; now singing “Life on the Ocean Wave” or nigger choruses in exhilarating style, Roberts taking the lead. Thus right across to Staten Island, where we anchored and some three or four went ashore, where they stayed over an hour & more, we regaling an hour, bread & whiskey & water, in fratennal style, & merrily, all sunlight & sparkling water about us. Anon they return with another “woodpecker” yclept [Alfred] Swinton, good looking fellow; up sail, and coasting the shore. Weather changing, the sky became overcast,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-07-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Sailing
Boats and boating


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