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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 139, July 9-12, 1850

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Identifier: DX09490318

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 139, July 9-12, 1850

Description: Mentions the death of President Zachary Taylor and searching for a new boarding house.


in French, (evidently her native tongue) on the subject of my whiskers! My turn coming, three successive portraits taken, none would do, so have to call again next morning.

10. Wednesday. Again to Lewis’ and after three more sittings one that pleased me effected. Then to the Atlas Office, then return. Afternoon drawing for Phillips & Sampson’s book. At night, going out met Tom Scott at the door, and he accompanyied me to the Battery, where we encountered two other Yankee boarders, with whom, after half an hour or so we returned back to our barrack [168 Duane St.]. This day heard of the last night’s death of General [Zachary] Taylor, — [words crossed out] He was a brave and honest-hearted man, and they’ll scarcely find a better to fill his place. I was loyal in heart to Old Zack when [words crossed out].

11. Thursday. Finished the Sampsonian sketch, wrote letter, and sent it off. Got a letter from Jabez Wing, from which it seems that he was in Boston eight days, dating from the very day my letter was posted, and which of course he didn’t get till his return to Fall River. / After posting letter strolled on to the Battery, hazy matagrabolized melancholy in mind; — revisited my Plymouth Rock, id est, Pier No 5.

12. Friday. Met [Thomas] Picton, who told me of another projected “Punch” periodical he, New York-by-Gas-light [George G.] Foster and others, projectors. To 177 Canal, where I saw a Mrs [Elizabeth] Dobson, proprietess of the boarding house recommended by [Charles F.] Brown. To another boarding house in Chamber Street. Then to “Atlas” Office, to Engraver Bridges, to Bakers. To the “Picayune” Office. Then back. In the afternoon [Warren] Butler and Brown call, with big pear mahogany block — for the delineation of the poor Don of Cervantes thereon; — the which I em-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-07-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Publishers and publishing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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