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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 136, July 4-5, 1850

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Identifier: DX09477262

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 136, July 4-5, 1850

Description: Discusses Fourth of July celebrations in New York.


most absurdly padded, and here and there a perfect outrй figure. The pleasantest association in my mind was awakened by the few “Continentals,” men dressed in the old ’76 costume. A very long procession. Strolled upwards, and getting severed from Messrs Johns & [Henry] Hart, Joe [Greatbatch], I, and [Dillon] Mapother founders ourselves in the Park. Adjournment to Sherwoods, and cobblers. [168] Duane Street and dinner. Dozed during the afternoon. Evening, with Hart, Johns, Mapother, and a Mr Bayne, (Englishman with family, from Demerara,) to the Park, for the purpose of seeing the fireworks. Dense crowd, much concussion and cursing. Got out of it, and had a cool though not complete view. Brilliant enough, but exceedingly brief. A ramble southwards, — on the Battery again, save Johns, whom we left in the crowd. Rabineau’s bath, and fumigation. Back, and to perspiration and bed.

5. Friday. Drawing the Phillips & Sampsonian subject. Out and an half hours waiting at [Jonathan F.] Badeau’s, which being in vain wrote him a sharp letter and left. To Wall Street, to the Post Office, where by the list of advertised letters March the 26, I found one due to me, had lain there its, time, been send on to Washington, and possibly torn up. Was it one of Mary [Bilton]’s?) To the Atlas Office, where I saw “the big dog of Arkansas [John Smith, Jr.].” Then back. A letter from [William] Boutcher, he still at Folks tone. Drawing all the afternoon. Evening, coat purchasing in Chatham Street, in company with [Frank] Royal. He, poor man, somewhat despondent, as he seeth no prospect of getting his wife and family out

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-07-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fireworks
Fourth of July
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Postal service


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