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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 52, February 19-22, 1851

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Identifier: DX09912862

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 52, February 19-22, 1851

Description: Mentions an opportunity to go to Fonthill Castle, and describes a parade of militia companies for George Washington's birthday.

Transcription:

home is more perfect. No, Hannah Bennett — think not of a poor [word crossed out] melancholic fellow whose heart is grey, and whose power of loving is well nigh worn out of him. Love some one who can return it, and deserve it. Be happy and God bless you. Thank you [words crossed out]

20. Thursday. [William] Barth called in the morning. Drawing all day at the Drilling Machine. Matagrabolized and self reproachful. Cyder drinking and writing at night in company with Cross and Alf [Waud]. Mr [Henry] Hart with us for half an hour.

21. Friday. Writing, to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and to [William] Boutcher. Rain sans intermission.

22. Saturday. Down town. To [John N.] Genin’s who telleth how that Nedwin [Edwin] Forrest hath replied to his application for access to his library, like to the individual spoken of in Joe Miller; that he will not lend the bellows but that the applicant may come unto Fonthill Castle and blow away sans limit, wherefore he, Genin designeth paying my expenses thereto. Intimated acquiescence. Called at Wells and Webb for block, then to the Era Office where I found [Thomas] Picton in his sanctum, on the desk before him a huge bowie knife, the which he designated a “patent medicine for making” ‘Short-boys’ shorter.” Got his portrait en daguerrotype, for transmission to wood-block. Called at Park Place, and after little converse out with Fred [Anderson], Macnamara, and strange Paddylander accidentally present. The day being [George] Washington’s birthday, crowds of militia thronging the park; — we watch them defile out into Broadway. Irish Brigades, Liberty guards, Independence &c, Marion &c, Putnam &c, United Americans &c. General expression visible on their countenances, an overwhelming anxiety to “keep step.” Good uniforms, bad uniforms, no uniforms. Stupid little temple with wax doll, helmeted, tow wig and balancing its head parallytically, — representing Liberty. Fellows with pants rolled up and

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1851-02-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Women
Courtship
Drawing
Diaries
Irish
Parades
Armed Forces

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