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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 57, March 2, 1851

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Identifier: DX09935122

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 57, March 2, 1851

Description: Describes a day out driving a horse and buggy with Cross.


Canal, up Broadway, passing Saint Thomas’ Church with the blackened walls there standing, and smoke and smother within. At length out on the avenue. “Hi-hi! G’lang! What y’r about now. Y’r can’t do northen. Go In Lemmons! G’lang now, by Thunder! Whoop! Go In or break a leg!” More buggys, and traps of all sorts, hurry skurry, many we pass, some few pass up. Two mules in a jiffy. Arrive at a little Hotel divers vehicles of marvellous lightness of build in shed-yard adjacent, and their masters imbibing within or lounging without, gazing on the road, and criticizing the vehicles spinning past. A “whiskey-skin” a cigar and off again. “G’lang now!” Another six or seven mules, then strike across into a quieter Avenue. Cedar trees, grass, now and then a glimpse of the East River, now at the North. Through steep country lanes, white houses, and gentlemans mansions scattered about, or gemming the road side. Washington village, and a bottle of porter in little Dutch tavern, in a parler, by a log-fire, with a musical clock, the which Cross insisting on being set going, and the good tempered Dutch wife complying, it discoursed marvellous music, and divers figures above whirled round to the imaginary music of two attendant clarionet players.

Off again. [word crossed out]. Harlem, and leaving our vehicle in charge of a nigger boy we descended the steps placed adown the steep banks of the river, and cross the High Bridge. A fine work, over 100 feet high, for the conveyance of the Croton River to New York; — to my thinking the variations in the size of the arches on one side is not in good taste. A pleasant winding river, glistening in the sun light, banks covered here and there by close brush wood, or grassy banks, little white houses peeping out in the distance. On the other side, a rushing noise of water in one of the towers, where was an Irish man selling prints of the Bridge. At the Hotel, and more imbibition and fumigation. Then return to buggy and a speedy, and somewhat chilly though pleasant drive back to Canal. Dillon Mapother had called on the after

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-03-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Mules
Clocks and watches
African Americans
Church buildings


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