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Identifier: DX08907490

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 30, September 13-16, 1849

Description: Comments on his visit to Independence Hall in Philadelphia and his journey back to New York.

glorious Mercutio (my favourite of the play) — what a very world has Shakespeare created here.

14. Friday. More calls. Munford’s. M’Makin, (Editor of Courier). Dined at French Restaurants. Then to place of embarkation. / Let me not forget my visit to Independence Hall, though. The room in which the declaration [Declaration of Independence] was signed. Statue of [George] Washington with stamp act under his feet — portraits, of him, full length ones of [Marquis de] Lafayette and Pain [Thomas Paine]. Two old chairs of the period. / The “Burlington” just arrived at 1 — had to wait two hours and a half ere starting. The Delaware by sunset. Burdentown. Railroad-delay, progression and retrogradation, weary work. Amboy. Arrived at New York at just 2 o’clock in the morning. Ferry…

15. Saturday. …boat gone of course. So a bit of a stroll about Broadway, then went to the deserted Battery and lying down on a bench with carpetbag for pillow went fast asleep for an hour or two. Five o’clock. Ferry boat and Jersey. Bed till noon. Did not stir out the rest of the day. Re-reading “Peter Simple.” [by Frederick Marryat]

16. Sunday. Sailing about the bay, Communipaw &c all the morning, with Joe [Greatbatch], [Jabez] Wing, Ben Haun &c. In the afternoon again — West, Wing’s “boss” being with us. To New York Cemetery — or rather what is to become it. Returning found Fred [Greatbatch] and Edward [Greatbatch] on the beach. Reading during the evening.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-09-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Railroad travel
Delaware River (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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