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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 14, August 5-7, 1849

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Identifier: DX08840138

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 14, August 5-7, 1849

Description: Mentions meeting a man from Scotland who is volunteering to join a party to travel overland to California. Describes the trouble caused by a party of New York firemen who came to New Jersey to dine.


bidding adieu to the Bruce about to embark en “Mechanic’s own” for Californy.

6. Monday. Through a dismal rainy morning to New York. Talk by the way with a poor fellow from Scotland. Had thirty shillings a week there, at his trade, here could get nothing to do. He was about applying in answer to an advertisement for volunteers for the overland route to California. / At Appletons [D. Appleton and Co.]. Proved a true publisher — 6 dollars for drawing worth 10 — “Needs must, when —” The proverb’s somewhat musty. To [Benjamin F.] Childs for wood block. In the afternoon the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch ]brought me letters from England, wherefore I mark this day with a while stone. One from my Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn], one from Naomi [Gunn], and one from my own dear Mary [Bilton]. My heart was full, and ran over from my eyes at them.

7. Tuesday. Great talk at breakfast and dinner of the “muss” yesterday. Thus it was — a party of New Yorkers, fire-men militia, being over here dining, got insulted, or did insult some Jerseyites. Musket-discharging, stabbing with bayonet, pugilistics and staring. Their Captain captured, and divers folks wounded. The row I heard, and partly saw, during yester-afternoon, from my window. / Drawing all day, and finished Block No. 1. A bathe with George [Bolton] in the evening. Very peculiarly nasty water, near the shore —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-08-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: West (U.S.)
Publishers and publishing
Fire fighters


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