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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 53, February 22-24, 1851

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Identifier: DX09917312

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 53, February 22-24, 1851

Description: Mentions seeing Senator Henry S. Foote give a speech.


umbrellas under arm. Crowds around, well-dressed men, and pretty women. Return to dinner, and then out again, with Alfred [Waud] and Cross; up Broadway, more processioning and denser mob. Tripler Hall thronged, ditto Niblo’s Theatre. Having tickets proffered us entred [entered] the latter. [Henry S.] Foote (the Senator who drew the Revolver on [Thomas Hart] Benton) Orationizing. Too dense a crowd shifting to and fro to hear aught, save now and then the words “Liberty” “Constitution” and the like. Returned to [177] Canal, and remained there the rest of the day, save [Alfred] Waud who sallied out to the City Hall to witness the rocket discharging and illuminations. Egg flip and Cross’s accordion, on his return.

23. Sunday. Morning walk on the Canal Street Dock and those adjunct with Alf; being glorious weather. Return, after a contemplative smoke. He commences a portrait of Atchien, in his celestial cosume. I after a read at “Punch” walk to [E.H.] Chapin’s. See the congregation depart, (how many [word crossed out], delicious, kissable feminine feet were there that descended the steps;) then walk back up Broadway to dinner. Afternoon reading and dozing.Walk with Cross and Alf, witnessing the sunset from the end of the long dock. Water as smooth as oil, with a Turnerish effect on it, the west a sea of pale gold with russet and purple hued clouds, sabbath calm all around. After supper leaving Alf writing out with Cross, called at Holts [168 Duane St.], and with Mr [Henry] Hart to Chapins. Congregation flocking out, as he did not preache, being at Maine. So a stroll up and down Broadway, a cigar, a subsequently ale at Reade Street. Return by 10, and found Alf on my bed, asleep. Read two hours at Dante, then slept.

24. Monday. Rain sans intermission all day. Drawing the drill machines on the block. Cross and Alf with me. Alf in great glory, taking portrait of little Mrs [Elizabeth] Dobson, down stairs. [William] Barth called, played Euchre [word crossed out] with Cross, and dined with us. Writing letters in the evening, and

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1851-02-22

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Parades
Politics and government
Books and reading
Speeches, addresses, etc


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