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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 227, June 24, 1853

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Identifier: DX01290434

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 227, June 24, 1853

Description: Describes a fishing trip with Alfred Waud, Dillon Mapother, and Henry Hart, in which he got heatstroke.


[Alfred] Waud, [Henry] Hart & Dillon [Mapother] came. Mr Hart quitting us for awhile, we went about purchases for the day’s “fishing excursion.” Shrimps & clams for bait, bread, cheese, a dozen of claret &c. At the Battery, and after an hours waiting the boat being baled out &c, & broiling in the sun, we started out on this dismal enterprise. First the mast came down & sailing was rendered impracticable, then Dillon in rowing got a fishhook in is [his] hand, barb broke in, and we got to Governors Island to get it out. Walked to the hospital & old Doctor Decamp did that job. Then after much delay and getting a big stone aboard for anchoring we re-imbarked. Tide running rapidly, fishing tried, lines would’nt sink, Mr Hart & Waud began to suffer internal agonizations and prognosticate impending pukings. Dillon & I were all right, but my turn and peculiar disagreables came. I had felt a horrid brain oppression and head-ache all the day, and part of yesterday. So having put in to Brooklyn at the Atlantic Dock, at the desire of Mr Hart & Waud; I got worse, having, I suppose, a Sun-stroke, being partially insensible, conciousness [consciousness] indistinct, having Ice put on my head for two hours or so by Mr Hart, who remained with me, Dillon & Waud bathing. Partially revived, though with frightful headache, and very weak, I

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-06-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Boats and boating
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Heat stroke
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Medical care


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