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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 21, September 1-3, 1849

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Identifier: DX08869573

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 21, September 1-3, 1849

Description: Comments on having to work for a living and George Bolton's upcoming departure for England.



1. Saturday. To Appletons [D. Appleton and Co.], then to [Benjamin F.] Childs. For my last month’s work I doubt if I get more than $12. Sick and sad at heart, a walk round the East River to the Battery, and there sat down on one of the benches, in God’s blessed sunlight, and anticipated how far off the time might be when I come to my last dollar. Must it come to soldiering — two years as a dragoon. To live by the prostitution of one’s thews and smews, even as a harlot does by her beauty. Ah me! Its very sad! And for me, who have dear cause [Mary Bilton] to strive and struggle on — well — che sera sera! / Evening with George [Bolton] to New York. (The pork store now, one of the things which have been.) To Grand Street, a cigar store he had discovered in his mornings pereginations; kept by an Englishman, — a young fellow quite, and wife, a lively, piquant little woman, very much discontent with her adopted country. George bought half a hundred cigars, there. Dropped in a Broadway book Auction.

2. Sunday. A walk in the evening with George and [Jabez] Wing. In at Lyndi’s garden. Talk of George’s approaching departure.

3. Monday. To New York with George and Joe [Greatbatch], en search for a Liverpool packet for the former. Left them at Fulton and with drawings under my arm went over again the old me-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-09-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Labor
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Armed Forces


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