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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 89, February 13-17, 1850

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Identifier: DX08777228

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 89, February 13-17, 1850

Description: Mentions visiting Bill Collinson in Jersey City and having a conversation with James Brown and Martin, who live in his new boarding house.


money checked the defendant’s plea. My heart sickened at the thought of this to any sensitive mind [words crossed out]. Poverty is a serious and most wretched thing — a great ail, and pampored [pampered] Ignorance alone can deny it.

14. Thursday. Drawing on paper — unwell —“loafing.”

15. Friday. Afternoon to Warren Butler’s — I didn’t get paid — then to Schnieders [a tailor] in Bowery. Chill, driving windy day. Evening, gossip, Chaucerian reading with a Mr. James Brown, who has just left the room, now. Must check tendency to this, keeping approbativeness down — Besides Book-information is here, all exported — nothing imported. Papers, and a letter from [William] Boutcher. (My birthday)

16. Saturday. Work till Evening, then crossed to Jersey and Boot-shop. Old [Bill] Collinson. (Hughie [Muir] away home for the morrow.) Divers glasses of ale and port-wine with Orenford Crispin, then returned to New York.

17. Sunday. Crossed to Jersey, and called at [79] York Street for Collinson, designing a walk. He already started. So alone along the rail-road up to Bergen. Long spearlike Icicles depending from the rocks, dripping water; clear, sunny, chill day. Back to York by dinner time. Reading and dozing subsequently. Fred and Edward [Greatbatch] came, and left. / Read in Police Gazette that Hawkins has got thirty days imprisonment. Serve him right. / Evening, in the sitting room with Brown, [William] Martin and others. Latter gives insight into Slavery position. Anticipates that the Free-soil party

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-02-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Politics and government


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