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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 148, July 29-31, 1851

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Identifier: DX01034462

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 148, July 29-31, 1851

Description: Comments on leaving the Brooklyn boarding house.


Bulwer [Edward Bulwer Lytton]’s Caxton’s. One thing it shall teach me. No more unmanly regrets [word crossed out] — that passion has occupied too much of my life, and has rendered my mind morbid. Out with’t — and be weary of again befooling thyself with another.

30. Wednesday. At [John B.] Holmes morning and afternoon. Called at [Charles F.] Andersons. Evening told Mrs Spatterson of my approaching Exodus, whereat she said “Very well!” To the Atlantic Street Dock where I got a note from Bharf [William Barth], in reply to one I transmitted with fowl shyrtes in the morn. Met Macnamara, and talk of Anderson, (of his debts & doings. Met Dunsiere & Fagan, the latter of whom left yesterday & now abideth with the Dunsiere’s. Talk awhile of an embryo sell for Keating, then parted.

31. Thursday. Stuffing carpet bag & loading myself, then a weary walk to New York Leonard Street, the traps being fearfully heavy. Stowed them away in temporary room nigh to the aether, then to Wall Street. Back for dinner, — a cheering contrast to the last weeks dinners. Large, long, high room, some fifteen boarders. Holmes’s again, finished big landscape, another to do on the morrow. Evening after supper, (good again,) to [177] Canal Street for things. Some time there; back, putting things in order &c, and now here sit I, again on the Island of Manna-hatta, and tolerably well content at the result of my change. I never witnessed such dodgery done in the way of provant transmogryfying as at that same 222 Washington Street Brooklyn. They didn’t do such at Jersey, even. / Started the Hoax for Keating to-day, thus Holmes is to give friendly warning to Mrs Paterson on behalf of Keating — namely that Dunsiere hath attributed his being told to quit to Keatings suggestion, influenced by “Tish” [Leticia Paterson] (whom he sentimentalizeth with,) and therefore Dunsiere hath sworn to “massacre” him some night with his policemans bludgeon. (Fagan hath intimated it already & Keating wanted to know “what he’d do in such a case.”) Get him to buy a revolver, or apply to a magistrate or something infernally foolish. Dunsiere roars at the notion, and agrees to do the mysterious business if he chances on him at night. (Wrote to Alf [Waud].


Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Moving, Household
Practical jokes
19th century
Books and reading


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