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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 25, September 10, 1849

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Identifier: DX08886415

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 25, September 10, 1849

Description: Describes traveling by steamboat and railroad to Philadelphia.


10. Monday. Getting together drawings &c in the morning. To New York in the afternoon, to Longs for letter introductory. Then a call at Bobbett and Edmonds, then to Jersey. To New York again at 1/2 past 4, Joe [Greatbatch] accompanying to see me off for Philadelphia. Ferry boat delayed half an hour, in consequence of an influx of passenger from the Rail. Arrival at length on the opposite shore, — ran like a man pursued by the devil or a bailiff. Steamer not gone, nor did go for some three quarters of an hour, during which time I sat on the deck devouring peaches, gazing alternately at Joe on the dock, and the crowd of Emigrants, Scottish, Irish, German and English, around me. Ceaseless ringing of bells and swearing. Off at last. Lovely sunset, not a cloud on the face of the intense blue. Staten Island again in all its beauty. Smoked a couple of cigars or so, then went below. Men sitting lying, leaning, everywhere. Organ grinding, nigger dancing. At 8, all off the boat and in the Rail — a dreary waiting hour. Then scream, jolt, on we go. Thus till 1, listening to the “patois” of Irish, dutch quarrels and querulousness. Then embarkation again — on a fine large steamer yclept [by the name of] the “Burlington.” But we did not start until after a mortal delay of three hours, passed in a most dreary state twixt sleep and awake. Below, the place mobbed. There a bet, till a drunken Irishman beginning to vomit sent me on deck, where I lay down, carpetbag for pillow, mid bales and boxes. Walked up and down the latter part of the voyage. Partly in company with an

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-09-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Railroad travel
Emigration and immigration
African Americans
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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