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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 90, November 16-17, 1852

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Identifier: DX01217368

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 90, November 16-17, 1852

Description: Describes a procession in memory of Daniel Webster.


up Broadway by noon, stores all closed, windows & house fronts draped in black & white, and displaying inscriptions appropriate to the memory of Daniel Webster. A cold, cloudless sunny, bright day. All the Militia Companys out & a dense crowd everyhere. Dined at Sweeney’s, to room [290 Broadway] &c, witnessing procession from my window, Stewarts lady employees over the way doing the same. Down town again, though with difficulty, owing to what I heard a disdainful dame term “rabble,” a very Un-American phrase. I wonder whether she ever heard of Claudia, Appius Coecus daughter’s speech and its result. (In [Alfred] Swinton’s room were himself, [Warren] Butler, [J.A.] Bogert & [Alfred] Waud &c.) Down town, got wood blocks, then back again, drawing, after nailing on sign in Broadway, some mischevious [mischievous] cur having half pulled it from fastenings.

Drawing, [Charles Bailey] Seymour (the writer) came up, I having met him on Broadway with his brother. Waud came up, (borrowed $1,) and out billiardizing. Seymour & I after a stove-side talk went to Burton’s Theatre. Farce & very excellently absurd fooling all the evening. Oyster stew at Shelleys afterwards, then Seymour off, I to room, and did a drawing ‘fore my cigar was out, then to bed.

17 Wednesday. At work. Did two drawings on wood by 1, then dined at Shades, thence down town, meeting

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-11-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Armed Forces


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