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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 45, January 31-February 4, 1851

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Identifier: DX09881740

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 45, January 31-February 4, 1851

Description: Describes a winter walk from Newark to Jersey City.


as if built a week ago, so bright and new, and clean, and well treed is it. Passing over a wooden bridge, where every plank creaked as the ice work webbing it beneath gave way, left the pretty city [Newark] with the frozen, and snow covered river, the boats, the distant houses and straggling streets behind, and a brisk walk onwards. Beds of tall reeds and frozen morass on my right, and farther on Newark Bay. On my left, open and flat country, here and there a few cedars. Wind strong and fiercely cold, now and then a pedestrian would meet me with his frosty ears hidden in handkerchief, — ere long I was fain to copy them. Passed the Hackensack with its long, queer bridges, and ere long neared the steep rocks on each side of the rail road, familiar to my Jersey days. Arrived at the end of my eight mile walk at 12, called in at Ben Haun’s liquor store and was served by the boy Rosely to a glass of ale, called at Tysoe’s, left address of [Bill] Collinson, and over to New York to dinner. Drawing during the evening, during which Dillon Mapother called.


1. Saturday. In-doors all day, drawing head gear for [John N.] Genin.

2. Sunday. Tailoring, reading and conversing with Alf Waud all the morning Afternoon reading. Evening, drest [dressed], and a walk alone down Broadway, called on Mr [Joseph] Richardson, and sate half and hour with him and his wife [Sarah Richardson], then returned to Alf Waud. Charley [Brown] comes home, glass of ale and we talk of boy adventures school-pranks and the like till 1.

3. Monday. Mr [Henry] Hart calling, with him and Alf Waud down town. A call at [Charles F.] Andersons, another at Genins, parted with Mr Hart, walk on the pleasant Battery, and return along the North River. Drawing in company with Alf the remainder of the day. Charley with us part of the afternoon. Alf reading the Todgerian part of [Martin] Chuzzlewit in the evening. An half hours visit from Mr Cross, who coucheth with Waud for the present.

4. Tuesday. Drawing head gear all day.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-01-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bridges
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Books and reading
Practical jokes


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