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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 103, April 18-21, 1850

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Identifier: DX09334240

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 103, April 18-21, 1850

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


houses, telegraph wires, distant view of loco-motive &c. Arrived at the river side we cross to Astoria, getting a good view of Hell Gate by the way. Very pleasant was it to ride, when thinking of Oloffe the Dreamer and the famous expedition of the dutchmen from Communipaw. Picturing to myself Ten Broeck discovered in the morning “drying his many breeches in the sun-shine .” Coasted up long island, [Dillon] Mapother striding hither and thither mid the marshes, occasionally firing with no-success. Fresh, breezy, exhilarating day, warmer as it drew on. Long dusty roads, white houses, nigger planting onions. Walking on the beach, sand, smell of sea-weed muscles &c. Arrived over long wooden bridge into Flushing, and after a stroll through and about to our inn with savage appetites. Regalement, then fumigation and lazying beside the bridge watching nigger fishing. Stage arriving, I with Mr [Henry] Hart sit beside driver, and merrily we rattle along the quiet road to Astoria. There we take boat, and thus down the East River. A noble view. New York’s, on every hand gloriously situated for a great city. Disembarkation at Fulton Ferry. Found a letter from Bridgens awaiting me. He at Lowell — going to Boston.

19. Friday. Writing to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] & to Naomi [Gunn]. And to [Abraham] Hart, enclosing dedication for “Mose [among the Britishers].” And to [Jabez] Wing, in the Evening.

20. Saturday. To the Post Office with letters. Afterwards meeting with a certain mariner unuephonically yclept Stubbs — (for the time domiciled in [168] Duane St,) wandered up Broadway and Bowery for a stroll. [Bill] Collinson-made-boots prevented further pereginations during the day.

21. Sunday. Walk, and early one on the Battery. Then, with Mr Hart to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-04-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.)
Long Island (N.Y.)
African Americans
Publishers and publishing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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