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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 155, August 15-16, 1851

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Identifier: DX01037646

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 155, August 15-16, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Hoboken with Henry Hart and Dillon Mapother.


then [Thomas] Picton leaving us. Mr [Henry] Hart telleth how that it is probable I can have some $15 per week for drawings maps on stone. At [168] Duane Street. Arranged to go to Jersey City with him in the evening. Afternoon reading the batch of home letters. Great number of folks up at our place in consequence of the [Great] Exhibition [in London]. Old Mr Bennett, (nearly 90) among the number. Master Jack Bridgmon in practice in London. Wrote myself. Evening with Mr Hart & Dillon [Mapother] to Jersey City. Saw the Mr Bevan, (name of good men, as ‘tis that of [Charles] Dicken’s model American;) and arranged that when needed I’d make an essay. Return to City, talk in Holt’s doorstep and back.

16. Saturday. To the Post Office & [Thomas W.] Strongs. Sent letter for home. Met Mr Alcock, in crossing the Park, he about to sail for England by this day’s “Pacific.” To Duane Street, and with Mr Hart & Dilloncrossed to Hoboken, devouring peaches by the way under the hot sunlight. Arrived there, after some little perspiring perambulations we found the flying machine. Inclosed by a square of palisading, it lay all alone, save for two visitors who let us in. A canvass contructed, sharp nosed, sharp sterned-aerial-boat, with a little steam engine within, wherewith to work great screw like fans (which lay in an outbuilding,) A balloon attached to it was to be the sustaining power. But the whole thing had the air of abandonment, rents appeared on the unpainted canvass, & general look of un-newness about it. The projector, one Rapjohn, a watchmaker, had been compelled by want of money to abandon the thing for a space. I don’t ask that when the thing is done, (as no question but it will be) ‘twill be found marvellously simple in operation. Left Mr Hart in the Elysian Fields, and a long walk with Dillon ending in a bathe, in defiance of rocks lacerating our feet. Back to New York, all together. Afternoon reading & scribbling. Evening to the Battery for linen — then a call at Frank-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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