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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 141, July 16-19, 1850

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Identifier: DX09499027

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 141, July 16-19, 1850

Description: Discusses moving to his new boarding house on 177 Canal Street.


Afternoon call again at [Warren] Butlers and [Jonathan F.] Badeaus. Latter never on hand. I believe he’s a rascal. (Butler’s hard up, I think.) Evening intensely oppressive. Stroll out, and a gossip with Laurie, and subsequently a ramble to Peck Ship. (I’m sure [Charles] Dickens got the name “Pecksniff” from this.)

17. Wednesday. Packing up boxes and preparing for approaching migration till the afternoon. Then a run to Wall Street. Waited two good hours at Badeau’s in the expectation of catching him, though in vain. Engraver Bridges not there. At night, in celebration of my departure, extensive jug of “Punch and harmonizing, in Mr [Henry] Harts room. He, [Dillon] Mapother, Johns, [Frank] Royal and son Frank, Joe [Greatbatch] and self. Health “propoged” by Mr Johns, and drunk with vocal accompanyments. Songs, politic and national talk, Mynheer Van Dunk, Dutch concert, Shiver and Shakery, ([Henry A.] Holt in his shirt tail at the door) and wind up at 12.

18. Thursday. Last matin bath at Holts [168 Duane St.], then out, and to Sweeny’s in Chatham Street into Wall. Got $10 piece changed at Post Office, then after awaiting shower of rain back to Duane. Getting boxes into the hall with the assistance of Mapother, exertion and perspiration, heating up stove and all sorts of porters work. Down stairs, cashed up to the old woman, then out for carman. Off to 177 Canal; getting things up into tolerably spacious rear room looking out in house-blocks standing awry and trees. Dinner, book fixing, resting, scribbling. At about 7 [Charles F.] Brown arriveth, dresseth and cleareth out, being bound to visit a certain lady who ere long will become Mrs Brown, so he saith. / Walked to Clarkson Street and an hour and half at Mr [Joseph] Greatbatches; — very rainy night.

19. Friday. Writing all day, — to [William] Boutcher, and Phillips &

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-07-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Moving, Household
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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