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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 223, June 18-19, 1853

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Identifier: DX01288403

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 223, June 18-19, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the British ship, Leander.


by the way. Had a bathe, then to Erfords, where I found [Alfred] Waud & [Charles] Damoreau.

19. Sunday. Breakfast at Goslings, then to the Battery to find Waud & Charley, but they off. So walked to the Collins Hotel, Canal Street; and anon met them. All with Miss [Emma] Brown into Waud’s boat, and rowing down the glorious river through the sunlight to the English Frigate Leander, hither sent with Commissioners for the Great Exhibition. Arrived at the side, some five or six boats there, their contents crociferating or contesting right of ascent, the water rushing by like a mill dam. Some excitement, and I, Charley & his sister mount, Waud staying to tend boat. Went all over the vessel, everything preternaturally clean, and everywhere man o’wars men with white loose trousers, shirts and blue broad collars, stalwart, handsome, healthy fellows some of ‘em. Down below, where they were dining, and where Charley successfully transferred a bottle of brandy to some of the fellows. Back, to the Battery, thence walked to Vesey Street, parting with Miss B. Dined with them. In room [290 Broadway] ‘en dishabille. Erfords by 4, took sundry drinks, then leaving Waud; out into the blazing, blistering streets again. To Collins hotel, and Miss Brown’s room thereat. Up at the top of the house, overlooking the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Hotels
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Boats and boating


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