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Identifier: DX01033553

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 134, July 10-11, 1851

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


tinguished as forming an additional attraction to musquitoes. What a drearily, queerly passed night it was. But two slept, [William] Roberts & another; I not a wink. For not one could move but he overlaid the other; some heaved arms about like insane windmills, others groaned and damned the pitiless musquitoes, and as a foot’s space intervened tween canvass and ground, wet grass margined us all round. I growled enow, sate up and made ‘em all grin by quaint impressions of misery. How the musquitoes did bite, and how long the night was in passing! Blankets were unendurable; once I made a sortie outside, and should have found a pleasanter couch on a big square stone, light rain drove me in. At length streaks of grey. . . .

11. Friday. . . . .haze checquered the eastern horizon, (I think I did doze here), birds sang out, it grew lighter & morning broke at about the hour of four. Up I was, laving my bitten phizog in the salt water, and ere long others stirring also. Dressing, putting on what little we had ta’en off. My goodly wide brimmer having been thrust out of covert by some hapless night struggler, had become a pitiably-laughable spectacle. Fellows stirring about the boat. I made a fire. Joe Butler chasing cow, holding out a tin can, the animals owner close by and telling Roberts [unclear word] that “he didn’t won’t [want] no G_d_d fellers to milk his cow.” Breakfast gotten, coffee, ham & bread & butter, and then preparations for further cruising. I bidding them farewell, anticipating more wet encampings might occur. Saw them start, then coasted the rock studded shore, and a mile passed, the “Columbia” came ploughing up the broad stream, where upon I embarked, and less than an hour saw me in New York. Crossed to Brooklyn, another hat-buying; to [222] Washington Street, and a sleep till 1. Dined, dressed & to the Atlantic Street dock and crossed to Governors Island with books for Creesey &c. There, in company with [William] Barth the rest of the day, and night. Talk of school-days and juvenile escapades, of old Guthrie, of feuds with the “Pennywinks” & other schools, of “Civilization” plots &c. One anecdote (long forgotten by me) I must chronicle. A certain boy yclept Tiffin came to the School. Now his parent

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-07-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
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