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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 121, June 1-2, 1850

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Identifier: DX09412117

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 121, June 1-2, 1850

Description: Describes a walk to Hoboken with friends from his boarding house and almost getting into a fight with some men they found there.



Welcome to thee, “leafy month”! None the less that during thy pleasant time, mine own dear girl [Mary Bilton] was born. Ah me! my heart is very sad and heavy; — how shall I keep the anniversary when it comes?

1. Saturday. To [Jonathan F.] Badeaus, to [John] Caugheys, to [J.W.] Orrs; — stroll up Nassau; — Broadway — the “Arbour” exterior. Then a dull-headed world-wearied rumble along the North River, Battery-wards. Then back to boarding barrack [168 Duane St.]

2. Sunday. Battery ramble in the morning. Sketch published in the days “Atlas”. Afternoon with Joe [Greatbatch], Mr [Henry] Hart, [Frank] Royal, [Dillon] Mapother and Scotch Ferguson to Hoboken, dog Salon going with us. Hot sun, crowd of pleasure seekers, both masculine and feminine, straw hats, white muslin. Cliff climbing as before, and a long ramble through trees and under wood, coasting the marsh. Emerging from thence, nearly got into a “muss” with some seven or eight b’hoys, (who according to Scotch Ferguson had been engaged in something exceedingly atrocious, with some wretched female drunkard in the woods.) Reply to some witticism on my part, turning the laugh ‘gainst the most ill-looking desperado of the lot, he riled up and followed me. But for his fellows being more peaceful in mood a general fight would have been the result — possibly ribs-breaking or knife stabbing. As ‘twas we ‘scaped, and well that was so. The fellow was a fine animal, and in good physical condition — he’d have licked me, do what I could. Scotch Ferguson made tracks as

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-06-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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