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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 78, January 23-26, 1850

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Identifier: DX08735413

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 78, January 23-26, 1850

Description: Comments on packing and drinking with Hugh Muir and Bill Collinson in honor of his last night in his boarding house in Jersey City.


aperient to superfluous braggadocio. English nationality is internal till provoked by bombast. Evening drawing. Hughie [Muir] violinizing; — he’s a kindly-hearted fellow; — with less than the average of the all-potent devil Self in his composition.

24. Thursday. All the weary day packing, books, drawings, clothes and other of civilization’s nuisances. Sitting matagrabolized and melancholic in the evening, — sore throat and motley-hued musings of Past and Present — not [Thomas] Carlyle’s but mine own. Mine own — mine own — mine own — Oh my God, Mary [Bilton] — hope is rotting piecemeal. Accursed, deathly horrible word Never — I half think I know its meaning.

25. Friday. Leaden headed, lazy fingered drawing. “Mose [among the Britishers].” More talk of steam rivalry. A somber-thoughted walk about Jersey in the rear of the afternoon. Evening, jug of cyder-brandy punch, vocalizing with Hughie and [Bill] Collinson, in honor of my departure on the morrow.

“If a man should be drunk to night

And dead in his grave to morrow —

Will you, or any man say

That he died of care and sorrow!

Then hang up all sorrow and care

Says old Sir Simon the King!”

[“To Holts” written in the lower right corner of the page]

26. Saturday. Stove pipe moving, grate-unfixing, table

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-01-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Moving, Household
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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