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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 30, September 3, 1852

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Identifier: DX01192347

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 30, September 3, 1852

Description: Describes attending a ''Camp Meeting'' with William Roberts.


the foot of Jay Street, to see [William] Roberts off for Sing-Sing, to a “Camp-Meeting” there holden, at which his wife was. He solicitous of mine & [Alfred] Swintons company. The boat not started, more imbibition. Boat started without him, whereat he seemed more pleased than otherwise & after more imbibition, we went to the depot of the Hudson R R. Determining of seeing a Camp Meeting I got aboard too, and off we go, along the Hudsons margin, the carriages being crowded within we sit outside. Past Yonkers & Barry-town, (the railroad clang waking up the echoes of Sleepy Hollow,) and to Sing Sing. Great concourse of people there, thither brought by the Spiritual Concourse. Divers stage drivers to the Camp Ground, but missing them during the operations of face washing & imbibition, they having started, strolled by the river side, where Roberts must needs go a boating. But the wind dying away we only progressed some thirty yards, circumnavigated a dock & came back again. Into a vehicle with some three others, all uphill road, nigger-song singing with exhilarant chorusses to the Camp Ground. Arrived there, a slight shower of rain having fallen, it was rather muddy underfoot. Large tents about, a great crowd, tall trees & katy dids & locusts inhabiting them. Noises of singing, of preaching & praying. In each of the tents there were groups all engaged divers fashion. Two or three men

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Transportation
Camp meetings
Railroad travel


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