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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 74, April 6-7, 1851

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Identifier: DX01006472

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 74, April 6-7, 1851

Description: Gives his observations about Governors Island.


fumigation, then to bed, Alf [Waud] and [William] Barth together I in the one occupied on the former visit. I feel as though I had thought harshly of Barth now — is’t my nature to do so of people? Let me try and find out.

7. Monday. Rose, after a sound sleep at 5, to a bright morning, and breakfast, the latter including shad, which half an hour ago had disported their tails in the Hudson. Men after witnessed the feeding the fowls, to the morning call we sallied out, and saw the morning inspection of soldiers, band playing inspiriting music, men striding hither and thither, bayonets glancing in the sun, and three women looking on. Then, with Alf, a ramble all round the island, by the beach all bestrewn with Neptune’s playthings, tubs, emigrant-ten-water-bottles, onions, half eaten oranges, animals skulls, and wood and planks sans limit. Alf secured-sheep and ram’s skulls. Before the fort; witnessing drilling of recruits; looking at the cannon balls, piled in mute [word crossed out] wickedness, and then returned to the Hospital. / Crossed to Brooklyn, to New York, and to [177] Canal Street, calling at [168] Duane on our way. A letter for Alf, from Charley [Brown], at Boston, intimating that his boss Worcester needeth the services of an Artist, to make sketches in the vicinity of Boston and suggesting he’d pay $12 per week. Meditation thereon; — a portrait sitting before dinner. Afternoon Alf writes to Charley asking $15, thereto moved by an indifference to removing. [words crossed out] Down town alone, to [Hardin] Andrews at Nassau Street, with little initial sketches; and then to [Warren] Butler’s, (he has the Porcupine title to Engrave,) then to the Battery, intending to commit Barth’s letters and newspapers to boatmen for transmission to him, but could not, so returned to Canal and an evening at scribbling.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-04-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Drill and minor tactics
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Armed Forces


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