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Identifier: DX09788668

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 24, December 16-18, 1850

Description: Describes a visit to William Barth on Governors Island.


duality when I see him, but in sober thought I feel, for aught deeper, the time has gone by for ever. I would it were not so. I know him [William Barth], and have in truth [words crossed out]

17. Tuesday. Writing to [William] Boutcher all the morning. In the afternoon walked down town with Charley [Alfred] Waud, who telleth me how he hath, for a day or so being drawing for Charley [Brown], who willeth not that I should know it, in case I might like it not. Left him at Fulton Street, and repairing to the Battery, after some little walking about got a boatman to take me across to Governor’s Island. A strong breeze blowing, and the waves tossing tumultuously, spray dashing over and above us. Arrived, found Barth at a place, the exterior of which looked like a whitewashed hovel, and the interior a decent, carpeted, parlour. There sate the whole dreary afternoon, in converse with him and one Miss Elizabeth [Livers]. Tepid talk of American poetess, and intermittent looking into albums. (This same Miss Elizabeth was wed, about getting a divorce, had been illused by her husband, and considered chastity in a man must arise from impotence. All this I had learnt of Barth before.) A breezy walk round part of the island with Barth. Red yellow bars of dull sun light as the day god sunk, purple halo above, and cold chill gray over that. Dismal poplars, and chilly breeze. At a place with hot fire and sleepy soldier. Barth left me for his supper, and I taking up Bescott’s History of Mexico read a little, and mused still more of what glory had brought me to. He returned, and I embarked, and was rowed through the wild waters and night to Brooklyn. Ferry boat and brisk tramp back to [177] Canal street, buckwheat cakes and supper, and a quiet evening. Wrote a long letter to Mary [Bilton], going to bed at about 1/2 past 1.

18. Wednesday. Took letters to Post Office. Calls, at the Life Office, at [Henry] Fowler buildings, first going over to Brooklyn, calling on Stratton the little Dentist, but did not find him within.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-12-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Armed Forces


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