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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 118, May 19-21, 1850

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Identifier: DX09399115

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 118, May 19-21, 1850

Description: Mentions a visit to Blackwells Island [now Roosevelt Island].

Transcription:

lone snipe. Making bonfires with withered boughs of cedar and other bay diversions. Returning. Mr [Frank] Royal’s descent down the rocks, — (verily we weren’t justified in inducing a father of a family to make such an essay). Also his very English mode of reproving the overcharging hostel-shanty keepers. “I think you must have made a mistake!” “Somebody must have been running away without paying, and we’ve got to suffer for it.” / Back to [168] Duane somewhat tired.

20. Monday. Out with Mr [Henry] Hart. (Met [Hardin] Andrews at the door). Idled up per omnibus to the upper part of Gotham, there arriving at the opposite of Blackwells Island [now Roosevelt Island], we experience some delay. Red flag displayed, and boat comes from the Island, [unclear word] rowing, talk with one. After some “ahoying” and waiting another boat puts off from the pauper-part, and we are pulled over in her. Arrived in the place — (a little one enow is it;) we accompany a certain Superintendant firstly to his Office, then to the spot where the proposed Alms Houses are to be erected. Admeasurements & talk of crime prevention, poverty legislation &c. Thunder and rainstorm, wet through. Back, — boat. New York. Visited the Huge Croton water Reservoir — massive Egyptian-style walls, and huge area of water enclosed. Omnibus jolting — (in which vehicle I met baby [William] Greatbatch and Martha) — then Duane, drenching wet, and dinner. Joe got the colic, and has to be rhubarbed, pepperminted and brandyed. Writing in company with [Dillon] Mapother in the evening.

21. Tuesday. Writing in the morning. Afternoon took letters for

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-05-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Finance
Flags
Transportation
Social service
Rain and rainfall
Reservoirs
Croton Aqueduct (N.Y.)
Boardinghouses
19th century
Traditional medicine
Almshouses
Crime
Leisure
Nature
Poverty
Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.)

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