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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 25, December 18-22, 1850

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Identifier: DX09793090

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 25, December 18-22, 1850

Description: Describes a wintery visit to Hoboken with Joe Greatbatch.


Walked back with [Alfred] Waud. Drawing &c during the afternoon. Mr [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother called in the evening.

19. Thursday. Long talk and smoke with Mr [Haydon] Hall in his room, smoking real Manillas. Drawing all the sleety slushy, rainy day. Alf Waud with me. Charley [Brown] joined us in the evening, and announced the anticipated break up of the firm of [Warren] Butler and Brown. Sorry for it.

20. Friday. Drawing for the “Era.” Young Fred Anderson calls in the afternoon. Joe [Greatbatch] in the Evening.

21. Saturday. To the “Era” Office, Charley accompanying me downtown. Thence to [Henry] Fowler’s Buildings, leaving the drawing for engraving. A call at the Office, and it’s necessary consequance, tossing for alcohol. Return to dinner; afterwards, at about 3 over to Brooklyn to Stratton’s. Had dental operation performed and returned. After supper, with the younger [Homer] Hall and Waud to Burton’s. A tepidly funning, conventionally conceived “American Comedy ” and amends for it, in “Used Up!”

22. Sunday. After leaving Waud at his workshop door called at Bayard Street for Joe, and with him to Jersey. Mr [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother not within their boarding-house. Continued our walk and hunted up Hughie Muir, seeing him and his wife. Learnt that old [Bill] Collinson hath got his wife and family with him, nigh unto Newark, also that he, being in Jersey, made divers unsuccessful efforts to hunt up my whereabouts. Strolled on to the Bergen rocks, cut cedar boughs for Christmas room-decoration, looked about on the landscape. Dull, windless atmosphere above, below pods thinly-candied with ice, red earth railroad track, sombre tree-skeletons of Hoboken. Little Jersey, and the leaden-hued water beyond. Returned, parting, and each to his several dinner. Snow flakes thin and feathery during the afternoon. Reading Howitt’s “Homes and Haunts” &c by the stove, till drowsy with heat and the luxury of being alone, dozed

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-12-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Christmas decorations
Books and reading


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