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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 164, September 10-11, 1850

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Identifier: DX09599468

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 164, September 10-11, 1850

Description: Describes going to Rabineau's with the intent of hearing Jenny Lind sing at Castle Garden, but the walls were too thick.


him a native of Arbroath, & family. Parted with him at Canal Street. [Charles] Brown in company and fumigation with a newly arrived French Engraver, one Baudoin. I leaning out of window with a distracting head ache.

11. Wednesday. Off to William Street, in reply to advertisement for a clerk “to go South.” Supplied already. Then a melancholic walk to the Battery, where I saw the Asia arrive, from the top of the Bath. Then to Nassau and Day-book Office, saw [George G.] Foster. Then to the new place of business of the “Life” Office. Then a call at [168] Duane Street. [Dillon] Mapother, Mr and Mrs [Joseph and Sarah] Richardson in the Atelier, talk and eating of peaches &c. Evening Baudoin calling, all three sallied out to Castle Garden. A dense crowd as ‘twas Jenny Lind’s first Concert night. Brake through the crowd, [words crossed out] — and after waiting some time at the closed door of Rabineaus effected an entrance. Inside, and on the baths; — an amusing sight. A perfect fleet of boats surrounding the building, all intent of hearing Jenny sans payment. Devil a note did we hear — walls too thick. The concert over, we, in conjunction with others, gazing through the palisades, witnessing the departure of the audience. Some handsome women among them. A good sight should we have had of Jenny herself but for a ludicrous circumstance. There was a boy-man beside us, a perfect fiend, and during the whole time of the passing of the audience he kept up a continual demoniacal chaunt, mingled with howlings and halloed remarks on the appearance of the gentry. Now he happening to, unfortunately comment on the appearance of the elder Rabineau. “Charley” Rabineau, who was partly

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-09-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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