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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 142, July 19-21, 1850

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Identifier: DX09503383

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 142, July 19-21, 1850

Description: Mentions receiving a letter from William Barth.


Sampson. In the afternoon having completed the long letter to the former was lying on the bed listening to the blustering wind and driving rain, when Fred Greatbatch comes up with a letter — postmark “Tampa Florida” — I open it — O world thy slippery times! — from William Barth! Nigh upon five years sure as that memorable August afternoon I saw the last of his face leaning over the side of the Quebec off Greenwich. And the Cimmerian after-dark obscurity since — many and many an hour have I thought of him, scarce thinking he lived, scarce that he was dead. He writes warmly and pleasantly — but with little news. That he has been in the Mexican war, that he is in Hospital Steward, on detached Service, and is doing well. That he got my address from his mother in England, and that he wrote once before to me. Wrote to him, and lengthily.

20. Saturday. Completed letter to Barth. Then to Holts [168 Duane St.], calling on and seeing Mr [Henry] Hart, Johns and [Dillon] Mapother. Met Joe [Greatbatch], — then to [G.P.] Putnams for copies of “Mose” sent to me by Philadelphia [Abraham] Hart. Then Post Office. Then [Jonathan F.] Badeau’s — then [Warren] Butlers, then back to [177] Canal. Dinner and read, and doze. Evening to Duane St. Out with Mr Hart and Mapother, but missing the former we took a Battery ramble, and on Rabineau’s for an hour and half. Then returning found Mr Hart on Holt’s door step, with Martin. There for some short time, then to Canal.

21. Sunday. To Duane Street, saw Mr Hart and Mapother off to Church, then went on to Rabineau’s. Read the current number of Household Words, then walking back met [Frank] Royal, and subsequently Joe. To dinner. [unclear word] in the afternoon. Evening walked to Clarkson Street, found Joe

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-07-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Publishers and publishing
Armed Forces
19th century
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Mexican War, 1846-1848


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