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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 175, October 3-4, 1850

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Identifier: DX09647692

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 175, October 3-4, 1850

Description: Describes a visit to Hoboken.

Transcription:

Down stairs having a pipe by the kitchen fire this rest of the evening. Charley [Brown] out at his wooing.

4 Friday. Down town at 1/2 past 7 in all the glorious freshness of the morning. Left the blocks at [Thomas W.] Strongs, then to [168] Duane Street; and found Mr [Henry] Hart, Dillon [Mapother] and [Norton] Butler just about to start for Hoboken. So joining them we crossed at the Canal Street ferry A pleasantly spent day. Gathering wild chestnuts, butternuts, hauling down grape vines, clambering trees, winding our devious ways through brake and dell and wood and thicket, along the high rocks, wherefrom we could look down upon the tall tree tops; the glorious Hudson; and the white sails beginning it; and the great city, all spread a Deity-created panorama beneath us. At noon or thereabouts, decending the steep rocks, (after an impromptu bon fire of dried fir trees on the summit of the cliffs) we imbibed a glass at the shanty-hotel below, and then, learning that no provant was there to be drained set off for a three or four miles walk to Weehawken. Along the dusty road merrily till arriving there we regaled on bread cheese and ale right hungrily. That done, (and not in brief time either) we return; after three parts of an hour devoted to despoiling a chestnut tree by the road side; Mapother and I mounting aloft, and Mr Hart and Butler remaining below to get ‘em. Then after frequent pauses to eat and crack our woody spoil we jog on. A sea-bathe by myself and Mapother on the road. Evening and sunset as we wind our way along the pleached Margent of the Elysian Fields.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-10-03

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Leisure
Nature
Boardinghouses
19th century
Courtship
Food

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