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Identifier: DX01034007

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 147, July 26-29, 1851

Description: Mentions his determination to move to a new boarding house.


Johnson the English Schnieder there, so we all got singing and imbibing till near 11, when I left, and through the solemn still moonlight treed streets, to my present home [222 Washington St.], passing Policeman Dunciere, sitting solitary on a stone step by the way. / What a contrast this, to yesterday night’s society. How I like this shifting mobility of temperament, which I have, for contrast. Yet perchance in yestereven’s company was there more seeming than in the present. Marvellous little refinement, my downright vulgarity was there in this, but good temper & good feeling; but not so much desire of [unclear word] as higher up in the social scale. Yet who in God’s name would be low if he could help it?

27. Sunday. Scribbling and doing odd chores during the morning. After dinner, to New York, called at [168] Duane Street and there chanced upon the “Rechabite” boarder who dwelt there when I did. (He spake of his departure on a gold & jewel finding journey to South America ere the week was out.) To Fourth Street, Paton not being within to [174] Mulberry Street, there had tea, and anon out with Joe [Greatbatch]. Called at [Warren] Butler’s, “Joe B” [Butler] “Bob” [Butler] and others there. Stayed till 10, then Joe & Butler walked to the Ferry with me.

28. Monday. To the boarding house, Barclay Street where la belle Margaret [Brown] will reside. Rooms quite unsuitable. [John B.] Holmes all day, at 6 leaving him to divers boarding houses in Leonard. This morn a furious row at the breakfast table, ending in the Dunsiere’s clearing out. Grub department fearfully bad; — shall clear out; boarder Fagan doth the like. They lie and slander behind back, even as they blarney ‘fore face. Dismal work, ferry crossing four times per diem, and once, for such a dinner.

29. Tuesday. At Holmes. Settled to go to Leonard Street, have adjacent the one whereat Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] taketh provant. Very weary, worried, matagrabolized and dismal at the confinement of office work; the day lost, brain aching, sunlight making me long for country and leisure. Out now, having had no news from home, feel alone in the world. / I have been reading

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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