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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 162, August 24-26, 1851

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Identifier: DX01040835

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 162, August 24-26, 1851

Description: Mentions telling ghost stories with William Barth on a rainy night.


that he [Alfred Brown] wanted me to give him a call, [words crossed out]. George [Brown], respectable business looking, always high-flying & Icarus dropping into debt and difficulty unbusiness, has-been-steadily sensual; — widow with three or four children marrying, lofty in idea. Albert [Brown], good looking till small pox marked, good natured gentlemanly, vacant, no minded. Charley [Brown], gentlemanly; (in world’s sewe) dishonorable, social approbative, mobile, insincere, false and small headed. / Tired of writing more —

25. Monday. Made up parcel for home. Took it to Cliff Street. To Nassau with sketch for [Thomas W.] Strong, which he manifested approval of, but doubted as to whether additional news might not negative that about the fillibusteres. To French’s, who incontinently sends it on to Boston. Write note to Alf [Waud], in Watt [James P. Nagle]’s Book-shop, & to [William] Barth. To Castle Garden, then back to dinner. Afternoon to Brooklyn & a Sergeant Buchman (who victualleth with him now;) and. With Barth and part of the time Creecy, who narrated stories of life during the Early Settlement of Texas. How he and another, being on track of fraudulent employee making stampede with niggers, risked lynching. How he had witnessed bowie-knife duelling; tar-and-feathering and the like. How a Missisippi-steam-boat captain, having a passenger robbed by gambling knaves domiciled at a delectable place yclept Natchez under the hill, had passed cable round their wooden dwelling and straightway hauled them and their harbour into the river. These and more. Creecy leaving Barth and I talk ghostly. Lightning playing vividly outside, musquites within. He narrateth a ghostly story which fell under his immediate knowledge. How a soldier (of some minor rank)—being unable to hear the challenge of a Sentry was shot to the heart; how that same hour and night, far away in Virginia, his wife and other women, there alone in the house during a wild tempestuous night heard a voice cry aloud, again and again, calling on her by name.

26. Tuesday. At 10 or so across the water, through driving wind and spray with Barth, in sail boat. He returned almost immediately. Made some calls in Nassau Street, then to boarding house. Stirred not till evening, then out to the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Smallpox
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
African Americans
River life
Armed Forces


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