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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 7, October 15-16, 1850

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Identifier: DX09713647

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 7, October 15-16, 1850

Description: Lists topics of a lengthy conversation he had with Alfred Waud.


worlds, of the Moon; of the ante-inhabited world; of monstrous ferns, of zoophytes, of Pre-adamite reptiles, of that geological-[unclear word]-book “The Vestiges of Creation ”: of German Hartz-mountain legends: of [Friedrich] Schillers “Diver”; of Death; of Time and space: of Yucatan and forest hidden cities: of extinct civilisation, of [Christopher] Columbus, of Cortes and merciless [Francisco] Pizarro: of the California discovery and its future effect, of the wondrous age we live in and how it will be spoken of when a thousand years have rolled by; of what we have seen and may yet live to see. And of a thousand other things too which dwell not in my memory. [Charles] Brown came at 11 and joined converse.

16. Wednesday. Early down town to the sons of Beach thinking of inserting two lines requesting the Monday visitor to call again, but the price asked was over much. To Beekman Street, and off with Waud for a days Hobokenizing. A glorious summers day pleasantly spent. Trees all in the glorious dyes of autumn — leaves thick strewn neath our feet as we ramble through brake, bramble, and coppice, and over the rocks and upon them. Dined al fresco on the rocks summit, a desert of butter nuts, an hours halt, then onwards. Tree branches burning, talk of painters and singing of songs. Got to little Weehawken villages at 5, and after a moderate imbibation of ale set off back. Return along the river side, tide in, skeletons of horses lying mid the stones, thick mist rising over the marshes; cold clear moon above us. Got back to York about 7. Writing the rest of the evening.

17. Thursday. Writing all the day. Rain dreary and intermittent out of doors. Waud called in the morning; and again in the evening, staying till 11. Combination projects.

18. Friday. Writing. Waud present morning, afternoon and evening. Commenced a picture of “the Bhoy’s running wid der Machine” on canvas, I to make the design, and do the drawing, he the painting. Letters arrived in the afternoon, one from M [Mary Bilton], and a few lines in the other from my mother. Matagrabolized and pecuniarily anxious in mind, intermittent rain out of doors.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-10-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
Science and civilization
Fire fighters
Fire engines


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