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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 28, September 1-2, 1852

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Identifier: DX01191371

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 28, September 1-2, 1852

Description: Mentions that many inmates of William's Barth's Hospital on Governors Island have cholera.


some impertinence by his [Fitz James O'Brien's] whilome crony [William] North.) To Castle Garden with [William] Barth and there in the hot glorious summer afternoon crossed to the Island. Many inmates sick in the Hospital of the Cholera,) some deaths. / Barth having an Album with its feminine owners request for verses I concocted some sixteen lines of horrific bosh, in which a festive Nightingale rocked upon a red Ocean & a blood red moon figured, whilk was straightway inserted. Abed with Barth, other couchs being occupied. Hot & restless, musquitos humming hungrily, savage at the net curtains barring their phlebotamizing practices.

2. Thursday. Over to New York with Barth, quitting him at Barnums. To Office & to work. Barth came again at 1 or so. Dined together at Goslings, parting at Castle Garden, he across the bright water and I back to Lantern Office. [John] Brougham returned from Washington. Got no money from them. Returned to Office & [Alfred] Waud coming up, agreed to accompany him to Brooklyn for a bathe in the East River. Fagan called & left. To Brooklyn with Waud, — a dark moonless night. Calling on Davis, he at supped & disinclined to leave, we sought the place. Tide low, big lumbering vessels crowding up the little dock, a juvenile Celt waiting there, perchance in the desperate hope

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Cholera
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)


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