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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 165, August 28, 1851

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Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 165, August 28, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Flushing with Mr. Mansfield.


to voyage forth to Flushing, there to seek out a darky Camp-meeting, there held. Boat arriving, (not so [John B.] Holmes as expected) down the breezy, sparkling sunny East river, past Blackwells Island, Hell gate, and to Flushing pleasantly. There disembarking we speedily learnt that the Camp-meeting had ended yesterday. Therefore, the boat having departed, not till 3 1/2 to return we rambled off inland, in vain hope of finding some little coppice, woodland or treed nook, but none did we hap upon. Long dusty lanes, with trees sometime margining stone fence & flat country, myriads of insects dancing before our pathway. A breeze abroad rendered it not unpleasant, spite of our hungering for trees. Lay down in shade of roadside willow, speculating in whimsical manner as to mode of existence and nature of aboriginal inhabitants, Flushingites, in special of the tenant of an opposite mansion. Having settled to a moiety all points, even to his mode of dining returned by deviant road to Flushing. Strolled yet awhile, then dined at the Hotel of the Place. Then fumigating outside till 3 1/2, and the boat arriving, we embark. There were four or five men removing bricks from a barge adjacent — I wonder whether a murder will ever be committed in the house that those bricks will form — wonder whether a brick might not supposed to feel more content at the bottom of the cool fresh river than frying on the gritty barge-deck, — wonder were one of these removers a man of imagination, would he not for sake of the pleasant plash pitch one in — These and a hundred other whim-whams, idle to chronicle did we think of. Return and to Leonard Street. Learnt that Albert Brown had called

Two things I forgot to add to yesternight. Gave Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] a letter to copy purporting to be from Mrs “Kill-hog” the fat and irascible old dame of 55 Franklin, unto “Professor Barry” testifying how that his “Tricopherous” had covered a “totally denuded scalp” with luxuriant and flowing hair. Faith he’ll print it, in his next advertisement. / The other, nought else than that “Mrs George Brown had a desire to be introduced to me.” Well! I’m agreable. Said so, and intend to read her book, as preparatory.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-08-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Practical jokes
Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.)
Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.)
Boats and boating
Women authors


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