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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 54, February 24-28, 1851

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Identifier: DX09921763

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 54, February 24-28, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to a sailor named Sanchez.

am now, scoring up Diary, the wild wind howling outside. I think I shall die on a windy night, it is in my mind linked with the idea of death, I suppose owing to the circumstance of my grandfathers occurring so.

25. Tuesday. Down town, to [John N.] Genins, to the Post Office, to the “Era” Office, to [Charles F.] Andersons, where I saw him; and to [William] Roberts, leaving the block for Engraving there. Got nothing for bill-poster picture. Afternoon and till evening in doors. The [Homer and Haydon] Halls returned from the country. A banber full of hats &c from Genin. Evening, desirous of escaping from a game of whist with Alf off for Brooklyn. A call at a fellow workman of his, one who had been a sailor and hath circumnavigated the globe, and now rejocieth in the posession of a wife, an attic, a child and $4 the week. Left there, and wandering through [word crossed out] houseless streets, by open lots, with the clear night air and unmumbered stars above, found the abode of Steward Sanchez. He and his good humoured English wife in a snug parlour, two small monkeys in small box, well covered up, and a wedding going on up-stairs. A cigar, a glass of brandy-wasser, and tamarind-eating. Converse nautical and of emmigrants. Steward Sanchez having been in the East India Company’s service is loyal to England’s rule. Left and return by 12.

[26 Wednesday through 28. Friday] Drawing at Rolon’s portrait. Reading “Ten Thousand a Year” &c, and I recollect not what else, No letters from Charley [Brown] save one to the little woman [Elizabeth Dobson] requesting she’d permit him to postpone payment of his debt till May, the which she justly refused. [Arthur] Mason says Charley’ll write when he wants anything. Meandering down the Bowery on Thursday morning met Joe [Greatbatch], and with him to German bootmaker opposite, where I ordered pair of boots. Divers other miscellaneous employments, now not thinkable of. Alf Waud here all the week, at work on portrait of little Mrs Dob, also on a full

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-02-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Death
Clothing and dress
19th century
Books and reading


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