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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 129, June 24-25, 1850

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Identifier: DX09446833

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 129, June 24-25, 1850

Description: Describes touring around Boston.


(where the late cruel murder occurred) — the prison — (where the “respectable” murderer awaits his doom.) — East Boston, — Chelsea, Cambridge — the distant sea. Descended, and a walk over to Charlestown. 12 1/2 cents payment and I ascend the 295 steps in the Bunker Hill Monument. Another glorious panorama, lit up by the glorious God-like June sun in all its beauty. Boston has less trees about and within it than either New York or Philadelphia; the streets are more curvy; — houses mostly red brick with slate roofs — here and there a very white timber one; — green blinds, chapels and meeting houses innumerable. Water here there and everywhere the city, though a peninsula looks like an island. Long wharfs running out in every direction, red funnel of English mail steamer, (Aha old England! God’s blessing on thee!) — white sail out at sea, — city all so clean and quiet that I scarce could think Want and Poverty could harbour there. A happy hour there, not without thoughts of her [Mary Bilton] I am away from, and love dearly. Back discursively to Morton place. Supped; then after a New York Herald read, took a moonlight walk. Mid the shipping, and by the Custom house. The City most quiet and orderly by night — no reeking cellar-saloons, & for aught I saw, no perambulating Raphians. Back about 9, and a talk with a Bath-born Briton over a jug of ale, then ascent, scoring up chronicle, and ere long bed.

25 Tuesday. Out canvassing again. Delivered Mayalls intro-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-06-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
United States Customhouse (Boston, Mass.)
Bunker Hill Monument (Boston, Mass.)


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