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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 28, September 12-13, 1849

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Identifier: DX08899057

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 28, September 12-13, 1849

Description: Describes sight-seeing in Philadelphia, including a boat trip down the Schuylkill River.

having advised me &c. To Mr. Swanacre [at Sartain’s Magazine]. Call again at 12 next day, for proof to make a drawing or so. To David’s. Tea. Then, unencumbered with drawings started on an exploration of the town. Along the wharfs, then up the entire distance of Chestnut Street, all along by [P.T] Barnums & the Panorama Exhibitions. The Arcades. City very quiet after ten o’clock. Back by 1/2 past 11, glass of ale, bed and musquitoes.

13. Thursday. Taking omnibus at The Exchange — “a cursed kind of carriage without springs,” was jolted some two or three miles to Fairmount [Park], with intent to see the water-works. River Schuylkill. Statues. Fountains, rocks, trees, very prettily laid out. Glorious view on the highest past — one able to make a man thank God with all his heart for having created such a beautiful world. The Waterworks. Huge wheels revolving — the rushing noise of water. Delicious idling for an hour. Embarked on a little Steamboat, and for 10 cents had a trip of the Schuylkill. The lovely, refreshing verdancy of the woods on the bank mirrored in the water, (the ripple-less, glass like water,) as distinct as if another calm and beautiful world slept below. There sat I, under the awning of the gay little boat, (two flags with the stars and stripes flying,) in a perfect reverie of delight, and gratitude

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Dates: 1849-09-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: River tourism
Fairmount Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Schuylkill River (Pa.)


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