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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 114, December 27, 1852

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Identifier: DX01229232

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 114, December 27, 1852

Description: Describes a visit to Chamber Street Savings Bank to make a deposit.


[Chamber] Street Savings Bank, where I had to wait three mortal hours, en queue, in a tremendous crowd, till I could be relieved of $80. The way was thus. As each individual arrived he was stationed in rank &c so the whole area was soon chokingly & perspiringly filled. There were folk of all sorts & nations, the major part being Irish. Fraternizing with one of the latter, a carman, I soon learnt that nought but city notes being taken, part of my intent, (that of paying in $150 was null,) wherefore I forced my way through the crowd, rushed to room, made up $80 in gold, returned through the wet, and got back into my place again, with no small effort. The throng had began to move, and wearily & perspiringly did we travel to and fro. Certain acts of good nature did I & my friendly carman do, in the way of admitting women out of their rank before us. And an honest Dutchman I noted make way for two buxom faced women, there by provoking most vixenish comment from a preturnaturally viciously-sharp old one, who endeavoured to establish a fiction that he himself, the good-tempered Teuton, had wrongfully dodged into his place. But the crowd only laughed at

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-12-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Banks and banking


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