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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 123, June 7-9, 1850

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Identifier: DX09420790

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 123, June 7-9, 1850

Description: Mentions helping Mr. Johns with a job scraping colored tissue paper from windows in a church.


Office — but the “big dog of Arkansas” [John Smith, Jr.] was out o’the way — then to [Jonathan F.] Badeaus — then to [G.P.] Putnams.— Perspiration, Tom Jones, [Francois] Rabelais and [Ralph Waldo] Emerson during the rest of the day. I ought to get a letter from home ere long.

8. Saturday. Commenced letter to the kind folks at Chalcombe for to-day-starting-for-England Pepper, to take with him; but Mr Johns coming, and intimating his willingness to initiate me into the mysteries of his newly-invented window coloring, and requiring my company to Astoria, frustrated letter-inditing intent. Off with Johns, from the Fulton ferry to Astoria — little Presbyter Church where for an hours space we with perseverance, hot water and dinner knives busy ourselves in undoing what he had, some days back been engaged in doing — Scraping off coloured, oiled, varnished tissue paper, which had been irregularly put on. Another partially done window did not look amiss. This over we are ferried to Yorkville shore, and from there, per boat, conveyed to Blackwell’s Island. Visit the Lunatic house, then to Elridge. Mr Johns exhibits his plan, coshers a wee about Palestine etc, etc, — then another hour and halfs delay ere we get pauper boatmen to convey us to the York shore. Jolted back to [168] Duane in omnibus — hungry as a cannibal kept on allowance of half pint of periwinkles per diem — back about 4. Reading, scribbling, rain, feeble lightning, shining wet streets, sore throat; — thinking of Her I love [Mary Bilton], and that sadly enow, is all concience.

9. Sunday. Battery walk, in company with Knickerbocker’s

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-06-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Labor
Stained glass windows
Presbyterian church buildings
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Books and reading
Church buildings
Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.)


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