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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 29, November 20-23, 1851

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Identifier: DX01064219

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 29, November 20-23, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Governors Island.


it. [words crossed out] Parted with Holbrook at Pearl Street, to [48] Franklin, supped, then writing till midnight.

21. Friday. Writing, drawing &c all the morning. “Ike” among other things. To the Office in the afternoon. To [James P.] Nagle’s. Back at 7. Supped. Evening writing.

22 Saturday. To Traveler Office, Post Office &c &c Locks, calls. Afternoon, Office again, then to Brooklyn, called at Dunsiers, Mrs D in, went to Longs with intent to go to the [Governors] Island, but the weather being, on his report, so unfavorable that a drenching was a certainty, and drowning a probability, therefore I returned to Franklin Street. Called at Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch’s in the evening.

23. Sunday. After divers odd chores, to Brooklyn, and there after waiting a chilly two hours, on and adjacent to the little wharf, during which, strolling on to an adjoining timber yard, the gate yet closed by some cut, imprisoning me to all intents and purposes, until the advent of Connor with his boat from the Island relieved me. Crossed, and to the hospital, and was there, in [William] Barth’s room encountered by a not ill-looking dark-haired, upright Yankee, whom it afterwards appeared, had been brought thither by Doctor Decamp, alias “Barks,” Barth’s boss, with intent to supplant Barth as Hospital Steward. This was simply done as an act of despotic caprice, and the man had resigned, or refused or somewhat. But there he was abiding for the present, and more uncomfortable animal never existed.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-11-20

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Armed Forces


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