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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 16, November 26-29, 1850

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Identifier: DX09753328

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 16, November 26-29, 1850

Description: Discusses a visit from William Barth and hearing Barth's stories of the Mexican War.

Transcription:

off for a ball. Alf [Waud] called in and we walked back together. Talk of next May, and our proposed vagabondize. Finished letter for home. Very unwell and low spirited.

[27. Wednesday through 29. Friday] Each day, and night, save Thursday at the Office, working like a fiend. Elevations finished, and big perspective commenced. Very weary work, and when I woke up at night from unrefreshing sleep my mind would be dwelling on corinthian capitals and anticipating over sleeping myself in the morning. During the evenings young [Fred] Anderson kept me company. Tuesday, on coming in to tea was told that a “Mr [William] Barth” had called, and would again in a few minutes. And so it was Five years gone, since in that glorious August evening I saw the last of him, his face leaning over the sides of the Quebec, off Gravesend. Strangely has the space been passed by him; much he talks of marchings and countermarchings; of Old Zach [Taylor] and [Winfield] Scott, of the taking of Mexico, of slaughtering dagos, of bivouacking, of lying on the cold wet earth with nought “twixt himself and God but a blanket” and the like. Divers stories did he tell and many of them good. How after the taking of Mexico, he, kenning but little Spanish, would judge of words by their sounds, and in an instance a comical result ensued. Entering a barbers, having had the operation of shaving scientifically performed, the operator refusing renumeration, Barth must needs invite him to imbibation, to the which end they sallied out together. Passing along the street bottles are seen in a window; — Barth intimates the same, and spite of some depreciatory remarks, induces the Mambrino manipulator to enter. Glasses of anisetta are called for — the bar-keeper (?) somewhat astonished, produces a liquid

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-11-26

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
Architecture
Barbers
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Diaries
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Armed Forces

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