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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 113, May 10-11, 1850

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Identifier: DX09377465

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 113, May 10-11, 1850

Description: Mentions receiving a letter from Mary Bilton, visiting the New York Exchange, and viewing artifacts from Mr. Johns' travels in the Middle East.


10. Friday. To Brooklyn and Iron Store, where I found a tall, clean shaved, large-nosed, simple-faced young fellow there, at work “on trial” as a draftsman — speedily found him to be an Englishman — he had been “raised”at Putney, and talk of boats and Thereanent. With the day concluded my job to the content of the Boss, (whom I like,) and informing him of my willingness (“Barkis is willin ”) to his employ at the rate of $10, left. And on reaching [168] Duane, and entering supper room found a letter penned by the dear hand of her I love most dearly [Mary Bilton]. My last hath not reached — (evil betideYankee Postal rascality) — and she fears for me. God bless her!

11. Saturday. To [Jonathan F.] Badeau’s; talk of a “Mose in California” en co-part-profit-nership — he being “willin.” With Mr. [Henry] Hart in and about Wall Street. The Exchange — huge cupola, charts and Washington Monument designs hung around; — men selling houses or land, — small Knot of purchasers. Below a commercial restaurant. Reading rooms adjoining. Afternoon pottering about — books, talk with Hart, and Mr. Johns, our Palenstine and Egyptian Traveller. After supper he displayeth a small basket of curiosities, stones from the Pyramids, small Egyptian hieroglyphic sculptured statuettes, Mussulum beads and rosary, stones from wall of Jerusalem &c. Pleasant links of past and present, if inspiring no deeper thought. Your traveller a worthy of all reverence and liking when pleasantly communicative. Strange is it to be talking to a man who hath lived in Jerusalem and walked where He Trode.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-05-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Travel
Postal service


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