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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 71, December 31, 1849-January 1, 1850

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Identifier: DX08706202

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 71, December 31, 1849-January 1, 1850

Description: Gives his thoughts on the New Year, and describes the celebration in New York City on New Year's Day.


’49 — thou hast introduced to me many a new face and scene. O faithfully kept record of them, with what names, thoughts and deeds will thy pages be covered in the new-coming year. With what thoughts will the name dearest to my heart be blent then — ? Or may not blank Death check my talk, begun in boy-mood, and continued this long. — One thing I’m resolved in — to quit this confounded house and Jersey City ere another month has passed. Go ahead – solitude better than such company.

1850 [illustrated]

“Blessed is he who expecteth nothing for verily he shall never be disappointed.” [Alexander] Pope’s bit of Martin Scribberus, (if I recollect right.)


1. Tuesday. Crossed to the dirty City [New York]. Not so however this day, frost, ice, snow, clear, exhilarating morning. And in Broadway a sight enough to cheer the heart of threescore and ten with the tooth-ache. Sleighs of all sizes and fashions, merry ringing of bells on the horses, buffalo and fox skins hanging over the seats, — verily this keeping up New Years day thus is commendable, originate as it may —

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-12-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: New Year
19th century


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