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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 20, December 7-8, 1850

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Identifier: DX09770990

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 20, December 7-8, 1850

Description: Describes a visit to see old friends in New Jersey.


to the Office through the driving rain. More to do, so set about it. Mr A [Charles F. Anderson] exhilarant and confidant respecting the result. Talk of the Presidant [Millard] Fillmore, of North and South &c. At nightfall, after two whiskey punches at Sherwoods with the boys and Macnamara, (who this day hath received an addition to his family, and in whose honor the event occured;) a rush over to the Era Office, where I found [Thomas] Picton smoking and printers working returned by 8 to [177] Canal, over enow.

8. Sunday. Rain ended and a clear, glorious frosty morning, so off out, and through the glad, quiet cheerful streets to the old Jersey ferry. Crossed, and tremendous wind blowing, the wild-waves leaping most exultingly, clouds hurrying to and fro, here and there a patch of blue sky. Called at the American Hotel, [Dillon] Mapother not there, went on to [79] York Street, saw John and Ben Haun. With Ben to the barbers shop, and anon to his liquor store. Heard that printer John Rankin had returned home, ill, having gone to the play with a bottle of vitriol in pocket (?), had burnt himself. Hughie Muir has married. Drank with Ben, then made a call at Hughie [Muir]’s late boarding place where I saw a damsel with a pretty foot, who informed me, standing in the gusty, sunny door way, of Hughie’s address, receiving most coquetishly my compliments, and exposing white cotton stocking and satin vest, meanwhile. Back to New York and dinner. Mapother and [William] Barth called, and [Charles] Brown came in anon. Barth wet through in his progress from Governor’s Island. Imbibition and fumigation. Talk of Ireland and difference of creed, and race, of military tactics and republicanism. Mapother left, and Brown ditto. Toss with Barth whether he should sup with us or we with him, result we go out, partake of oyster stew with him, and anon a walk down Broadway, the dull clear night air, pinnacled with stars innumerable over head. Arriving at

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-12-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
19th century


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