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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 127, June 22-23, 1850

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Identifier: DX09438148

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 127, June 22-23, 1850

Description: Describes a journey from New York to Boston.


departure of the Viceroy, [Dillon] Mapother meeting us there. Back through Nassau Street. To Chamber Street for key of carpet-bag. Dinner. Then to Christopher Street. Then stuffing carpet bag, bathing, dressing and hurrying until nigh 5, at which time down to the Pier and aboard, Mr [Henry] Hart “seeing me off.” Plenty of wind, more than needful. Fraternized with a young American-Irishman, returning to Boston, (he having according to his own account been on an extensive “batter” during the past week, in the Empire City. Up the East River, Hell Gate with its archipelago of Rocks; Blackwells Island, the “Sand” innumerable other islands, channels, villas, trees, sloping banks, all solitary and lonely enough to the view, driving wind, with once a sunburst through the slate-hued clouds. Talk with a well spoken nigger on abolition and Liberia. Cigar. Growing dull went inside. Lay down on huge piles of leather smelling like a hundred shoemakers shops, dose by the furnace. Supper bell — folks all devouring below, didn’t join ‘em, though hungry. Uneasy doze on the hides, engine crashing, shrieking and palpitating at my back. An hour or so; — got some provant. Then leather couch again, with alternate perambulations ‘bout the boat. Past midnight by an hour or more. . . .

23. Sunday. . . . .and we take the cars. On we go, as if harnessed to a huge stupid ox legged gryphon, snorting and roaring brute indignation at being in harness. Little capes, woodland, white new-looking houses, any amount of water whether dike, ditch or river. Towns — Worcester, [unclear word], Framingham (minding one of Shansby in Beazlien times) Norwich — churches, meeting houses, shanties, wide waste of lands

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-06-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.)
Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.)
Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
African Americans
Railroad travel


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