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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 41, December 6, 1851

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Identifier: DX01069759

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 3, page 41, December 6, 1851

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


drink; where in the bar-room I found a coarsely-drunken owl-like Irishman, who had this sentence just put forth,

“Why didn’t he speak about O’Connell?”

He alluded to [Lajos] Kossuth. / To Traveller Office, where I found the two printers; — one of whom (Steve — the Bostonian) was enthusiastic to the extreme about the great Magyar’s appearance; telling how he struggled to get at him to seize his hand, dilating on the beauty of his smile &c [word crossed out]. Waited awhile. Holbrook came, having seen the sight from Morey’s window. / Back to [48] Franklin — dined. Bathed all over, then down town again — the procession yet in progress, in the east part of the town. To the Traveler Office. Holbrook; Hawkins and Morey. Row between Holbrook & Hawkins. I think the latter’s a coward. He endured Holbrooks request to “Go to __!” only manifesting his anger by pacing up and down. / Got $ 3 from Holbrook & left. Passing up Broadway, (about 7) a great crowd at the Irving house, shouting &c; to Franklin Street. Supped, and in an hour or so, feeling perfectly tired out, eyes aching worse if possible than brain, to bed; wherefore I witnessed not the Serenade.

I wonder whether Kossuth will ever ride into Pesth and a free Hungary welcome him, as to day Americans have. But applause is a fickle thing. [William] Shakspere has told us what mobs are. [words crossed out]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-12-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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