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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 108, April 29-May 1, 1850

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Identifier: DX09355840

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 108, April 29-May 1, 1850

Description: Mentions coloring his Mose among the Britishers drawings and the return of Joe Greatbatch to the boarding house on 168 Duane Street.


stream of water splashing downwards from an upper window on fire. What a death bed for the poor fellows. This has been a sad affair all through. / A walk on the Battery, myriad of bright stars above, the wind and waves high beneath. Talk of Creed and Future Life.

30. Tuesday. Finished coloring “Mose [among the Britishers].” After dining, with [Dillon] Mapother to Wall Street, where I despatched them to Philadelphia. Then, by the fire-ruins, (where men were engaged in throwing out bales of burnt cotton) — to the East-River. Upon one of the Piers, opposite Brooklyn, gazing and speculating a la Spectator. A lounge on the Battery then to [168] Duane and supper. (Enclosed a letter to [Abraham] Hart in the drawings, stating my disappointment in the drawings and offering to re-do them all on wood, free of charge, if he would go to the expense of engraving them.


1. Wednesday. Brief walk after breakfast to feel the morning air on my face. Being the First of May innumerable household migrations in progress cartloads of chattels, carmen, confusion immutable and universal. Back and desultory drawing in company with Mapother till sunset. Evening a ramble with [Henry] Hart, Mapother and Joe Greatbatch, who resumeth henceforth Holtein sojourning. (Probably feeling the incompleteness of his own character, he half-unconsciously yearneth for relief from such vapidity and therefore resolveth on a renewal of boarding house existence.)

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-04-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Publishers and publishing
Fire fighters
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Moving, Household


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