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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 30, December 29-31, 1850

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Identifier: DX09815215

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 30, December 29-31, 1850

Description: Describes a parade of firemen.


cigars and talk of our several and separate voyages across the wide waters separating us from Home. And talk of Home, and speculations of what another year may bring forth, and what the one so speedily drawing to a close has seen. Thus till 11, when we left, I parting with Mr [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother at the Ferry and wending my way thoughtfully boarding-house-wards.

30. Monday. With Charley [Brown] set off at a brisk walk through the clear cold exhilarating morning to the Atlantic Street Ferry, and from there crossed to Brooklyn. A fine effect of the morning’s sun light streaming in on the haze overhanging the East River and shipping. Charley wendeth his way to his friend Fogg, I to little Stratton the Dentist, where after waiting some hour and a half he attends to my masticatory again. An hours scraping and stopping, and Charley arriving we return together. Afternoon drawing and the same during the evening, in company with [Alfred] Waud. A noise of drums &c invites us into his front room, from the open window of which we view the arrival of divers firemen’s companys, escorting others from Baltimore. All the long street from Hudson to Centre presented a wavering line of red blazing torches; the tingling of the bells attached to the engines, the red shirts, the white helmets, and “hi hi’s” of the attendant crowd forming a picturesque and extremely New Yorkish scene. A rare place is’t for such bits of every day theatricals.

31. Tuesday. Drawing all the snowy day, Brown doing the same, he having de facto abandoned the Favlerian Establishment. At night fall hurried down through the fast falling flakes and the wintry streets to [Charles F.] Anderson’s. Sate ten minutes in the Office with the boys [Fred and Pelham Anderson] and Mac Namara, then to Jenny Lind-ticket-buying [John N.] Genin. Waiting, worrying by him, then off up Broadway, feeling somewhat lonely, mid the throng of folks who had homes, and home loves near them. To [177] Canal Street. Evening Mr [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother came, Brown and Waud being present before.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-12-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Fire fighters
Fire engines
Clothing and dress


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