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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 157, August 27-29, 1850

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Identifier: DX09568843

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 157, August 27-29, 1850

Description: Describes a visit to Green-Wood Cemetery.


27. Tuesday. Finished drawings and took them down-town. Got paid, (all honor to people who cash up immediately. Posted newspaper for [William] Boutcher, looked in at Life Office, and there returned to dinner — meeting old Greeley by the way. Afternoon wrote to Rosa [Gunn]. Evening a stroll with [Charles] Brown. In at the old Book Auction whereat in time back purchased [Percy Bysshe] Shelley, and was wont to repair to with George Bolton. Purchased book. Then on to Battery and a Book talk of Life Death, Love and Immortality. Looked into Cooley and Keese’s returning.

28. Wednesday. To clothing store, (Brown-recommended) by the market, end of Canal. Bought pair of $5 pants. Then off with letter for home to the Post Office. Just in time. Then, for the rest of the morning a series of calls. [Thomas W.] Strongs, “Atlas” Office, Browns, [James G.] Wilsons, (S)Harpers, &c Returning at 1, called at Deans, seeing the interior of a gold-beaters workshop and [Frank] Royal. Evening, in-doors, drawing.

29. Thursday. To [168] Duane Street, and with Mr [Henry] Hart over to Brooklyn, calling on publisher [Daniel] Burgess in my way; — (he a cub.) After visiting the Atlantic Street dentist, took the stage, and along dusty hot road to Greenwood Cemetery. (Called forth, though at Stilwells.) Arrived a stroll about the grounds for an hour or so. Well-laid out though I think, the place hath neither the natural advantages of Laurel Hill or Mount Auburn. The monuments are of more pretension. Aye the “bon” of the place, that of a girl, who met an accidental death on her eighteenth birthday. The design of it her own, though unintended for herself. A tasteful bit of prettiness, the white marble standing out with delicious purity from the deep hateful sky. Hum of insects, countless grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, vegetation all teeming with life; —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-08-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Auctions
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Clothing and dress
Books and reading


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