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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 148, August 1, 1850

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Identifier: DX09529540

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 148, August 1, 1850

Description: Describes a visit to Coney Island with Henry Hart and Dillon Mapother.

Transcription:

August

1 Thursday. To the Office. This weeks paper out. There for half an hour or so, then left, Mattice intimating the advent of an editor, to supply whose place I was temporarily called in. Called at the Atlas and Picayune Offices, at Bobbett and Edmonds, met “the Doctor”and also Mr Alcock. Talk with the latter some time. Then called at [168] Duane Street and met with Mr [Henry] Hart made arrangements to visit Coney Island. In the Afternoon he came up, and we embarked at Watts Street; [Dillon] Mapother and a Colonel Tappan coming on board at Pier 5. Lovely afternoon, and fresh breeze blowing. Long Island again, Diamond port — the Narrows, recalling the first time my eyes were ever gladdened with the sight of them. Arrived, we walk over plank pathway across the island. Enough rushes to supply New York with baskets, and ten thousand times enough sand to fill them. No trees, hubs of sand; — naught but sand and rushes. Different when old Henry Hudson moored the “Half moon” there: — then there were trees and Indians. Big tent on the island, folks eating and drinking therein. The shore; men and women bathers, both dressed in garments hired for the purpose, at an adjacent square of shanty-looking pig-pens; — to which the bathers return and drip at leisure. Preferring it al-fresco did not hire clothes to go in the water, but going further on had a glorious bathe — Mapother and Hart went in too. Heavy surf and tide rolling in on the marble like sand. After an hour or so, a brandy smash,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-08-01

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Newspapers
Long Island (N.Y.)
Leisure
Swimming
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
Indians of North America
Publishers and publishing

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