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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 55, November 19-22, 1849

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Identifier: DX08664557

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 55, November 19-22, 1849

Description: Describes his journey by boat to Philadelphia.


in England. George Bolton had a forty-days-passage home. Drawing “Mose [among the Britishers]” the rest of the day.

20. Tuesday. At work on “Mose” still. Matagrabolized at getting no letter from M [Mary Bilton].

21. Wednesday. To New York, seeing about different passage prices to Philadelphia, in the morning. Bought [Charles] Dickens Sketches. Sitting and reading en afternoon. Ditto, and backgammon in the evening.

22. Thursday. Embarked on board the “John Potter” near the South Ferry, at 12, and off down the river, en route for Philadelphia. Sunny, breezy afternoon, water very quiet, (not so a bony horse tied in the forepart of the boat, who was performing an energetic polka all the time, to the growling discontent of his master.) Arrived at South Amboy and enter the Caro, (no delay as before) and thus the rest of the journey. Well-treed country, in some places having a strange appearance, as you’d pass a tract of land covered with trees like exaggerated box starting up out of the bare soil, devil a blade of grass near ‘em, all as of ploughed land. Sometimes a lone little white boarded house sticking all alone in a field, no garden, shrubs, trees or humans about it. Winding along the Delaware. Myriads of bright sparks flying from the funnel of the locomotive. Inside, Irish and Yankees. Chewing and smoking. Rather tedious as time drew on. Arriving at the terminus at the place which occupies the situation with regard to Philadelphia that Jersey does to New York, we cross in ferry boat, (at about 6 in

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-11-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Transportation
Books and reading
Delaware River (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)


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