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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 117, May 16-19, 1850

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Identifier: DX09394783

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 117, May 16-19, 1850

Description: Describes a Hoboken walk with Dillon Mapother, Francis Royal, and Royal's son Frank.

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walk on the Battery with [Dillon] Mapother.

18. Saturday. Drawing. In the afternoon to Greene Street, left the blocks and got paid. Ruminatively returning called at Clarkson Street, (next door to the house at which, on the memorable Fourth of May, I, in old velveteen coat, antiquated boots and cap, speered for Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch residence.) Had tea there, and Mr G and the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] coming in, sate talking awhile, then [168] Duane-wards. Walk at night round Saint John’s Square in company with Mr. Johns and — Joe [Greatbatch].

19. Sunday. Commenced well, by early exit from bed to bath. After breakfast, accompanied by Mr. [Francis] Royal, (London gold beater and kindly honest-hearted man) and a violin string manufactering friend of his, to the Battery, where in the sunlight, and by the waves we chat a while. At 10 or so I leave and to Murray Street Chapel. But [E.H.] Chapin did not preach, albeit he was there, another. — Dinner. Then with Mapother, [Frank] Royal and juvenile Frank Royal off for a long Hoboken vagabondize. Nieuw Amsterdammers out in great force, day being lovely, verdant and mustard colored pants, girls in white muslin and all colors. Stroll along the pleached margent of the river, now finding a big hornet, now some queer botanical. Witnessed a boat upset, and the b’hoys therein drenched. And after proceeding some distance beyond the Sybils’ Cave we all three, at a vast expenditure of the breath of life scale the craggy well treed sides of the steep rocks some five hundred feet more or less. And then for a most rustical ramble, most sylvan wanderings. Exquisitely varied lichens and moss, cedars, sycamores, ash, (and more from Spenser’s Catalogue.) Little pods with

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-05-17

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Clothing and dress
Parks
Leisure
Nature
Religion

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