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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 39, December 6, 1851

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Identifier: DX01068834

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 39, December 6, 1851

Description: Describes the day of Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.


balconys were thronged also, and every pinnacle and [unclear word] of vantage had its occupant. The trees in the little oval enclosure had each some six or seven perched thereon, and much sport did the crowd make of unlucky climbers; greeting them as they slid downwards with “Hi! hi’s!” and roars of laughter. Or when a cart or carriage attempted to pass through this charybdis of mortality, it’s driver became a target for aught in the wordy way, after the fashion of crowds in general. I myself, in virtue of beard and sombrero was greeted as “[Lajos] Kossuth!” a dozen times. The time drew on, the crowd growing denser, all before one mass, both within and without the Battery Gates; and behind, far as might be seen up Broadway, the same — overhead the sunlight and blue sky, and gay fluttering flags; common booming over the rise and fall of the multitude’s impatient roar. Taking up my station on the pavement edge, where thanks to height I had the vantage, I waited for nigh upon two good hours, talking some little with stolid man by my side. Thick and thicker grew the crowd, queries are ventured, rumours of approach banded about, and then the militia companies appear. Some dozen or more were there, with each a separate band. Somewhat tedious work was this, and lasted very long; the spectators’ toes growing stone-cold all the time. At length — over the brayings of trumpets, the roar of the cannon, the roll of the drum

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-12-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Armed Forces


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