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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 53, November 14-17, 1849

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Identifier: DX08656240

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 53, November 14-17, 1849

Description: Muses on the melancholy nature of crowds.


Why the devil don’t George Bolton write to me?

15. Thursday. Went to New York. Called in at [James] Renwick’s and saw More, [Edward] Heylyns fellow-official. Talk architectural and national. Call on Warren Butler. Proposition of design for big show-bill. Great assemblage all about and in the Park in honour of the memory of defunct Generals. Worth and another. Military company, of all uniforms, blue, red &c. Mostly young fellows, and look very Gallic in appointments and tournure.

16. Friday. At work drawing all day.

17. Saturday. In the afternoon took the design for show-bill to Butler. Returning, had a chat with little Reuben at the clothing store he officiates as “touter” to. (He shewed me the daguerrotype of his inamorata, and she herself passed bye.) Walked Jersey-wards meditatively after a bit of a stroll up Broadway. Faith, had I, when hurrying up it for the first time with Dick Gunn, George Bolton and the Wenhamites, pictured myself as now, in California hat, and “peaked” beard I should have smiled; albeit to somewhat sad being so lonely. Passed through Washington Market, all alive with traffic. Pleasant faces of women purchasers, suggesting thoughts of their homes and firesides, and bringing sad thoughts of my own isolation. Yet a crowd is a melancholy sight. To think of all the throng of human beings, each with his own loves, hopes and anxieties, and to know that a few brief years and “all has passed away.” A market place in Babylon, or Troy, (if Homer’s Troy

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-11-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Publishers and publishing
Armed Forces


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