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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 79, January 26-27, 1850

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Identifier: DX08739590

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 79, January 26-27, 1850

Description: Describes his first day at his new boardinghouse in Duane Park.


scouring, all the morning. Finding carman, half hour’s stoll by the water. Then after dinner, carman arriving, box lifting, — ferry crossing, farewell to longer abiding in Jersey. Arrived at Duane 168. Coffin in the hall — poor German boarder whom the “whips and scorns of” poverty had tempted to “burst ope the gates which all would willingly slink by” — he had taken laudanum yesterday. Life and Death jostle each other by the elbows. / A quarter of an hour spent in porter’s work, dragging horrid heavy boxes up; — then “fixing” room, stove &c. Room 12 feet by 6, just able to open door for bed. Lavation, repiration, cogitation till about 6; — then decent [descent] into sitting and spitting room. Hot stove, boarders besieging it and uttering newspaper topics. Bell rings — all troops to long room in the rear. Long tables, stools, stove again. Supped. Back to sitting room — talk with old gentleman about [Ralph Waldo] Emerson; then strolled to Christopher Street. Joe [Greatbatch] daily expected “back again.” An hour’s talk, then back to Duane. Little complimentary badinage with the good tempered Irish girl who shewed me to my room; then to bed in New York for the first time.

27. Sunday. Up, and down early. Breakfast; then buying “Atlas” of newsboy at door, sat and read awhile. Critique on Emerson, and a fine one in “Tribune.” A walk down Duane and up Bowery. Got “Police Gazette” and there read fine expose of Hawkins — hope, if true, that the fellow will get Blackwell incarceration for a twelvemonth, — and so an end — who can touch pitch without being

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-01-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Moving, Household


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