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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.

Transcription:

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
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Moving, Household
Songs
Steamboats
Diaries
Music
Drinking of alcoholic beverages

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