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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 80, April 14-16, 1851

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Identifier: DX01009164

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 80, April 14-16, 1851

Description: Describes his walk back to the train to return to New York.


oxen at a distance. Sometimes tall rocks on each side the road, with a clear cold brooklet by the side. Now tall trees, now great pools of water, with huge shapeless tree roots rotting in them, or even treetrunks. Now a long bridge, water below, and only the beams to walk upon, and not too much space in case of a train of cars arriving. Now and then a crashing locomotive snorted by, all writhing brass and steel, vapour and smoke. Pass through Williams bridge, and on. One lesser Morrisiana, then another, the greater, a pretty place, thriving houses, tall trees around it, and workmen sitting dining on logs by the road side. Melrose, and a different one from [Walter] Scott’s. So on till I neared Harlem at about half past 12, when mounting into the cars was rattled through deep rock cuttings and across open country to New York. Back to [177] Canal Street and dinner, and Alf Waud, whom I found gilding frames for Mrs Dob [Elizabeth Dobson]. In doors the rest of the day, writing in the evening.

Alf having called on [Warren] Butler hath found how that Charley [Brown] spake in paltry manner of me to him, [words crossed out]. Bah, there’s enow of him. Thou hast not a friend in the world Charley Brown, and deservest to have none. Thou hast a small head, the which I should have borne in mind more constantly.

15. Tuesday. Raining with scarcely intermission all day. Writing to my Mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and to [William] Boutcher.

16. Wednesday. Mr [Hart] Hart came, the weather preventing the continuance of surveying at Pelhamville, and he having business in town. Leaving him, went down town, through the rain to the Post Office with letters, then to Wells and Webb for mahogany block, then calls at [Hardin] Andrews and the Era Office, then returned to Canal and Mr Hart. After a glass, he left, intending to return to Pelham that day. Drawing the rest of it myself. Homer [Hall]

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bridges
19th century
Railroad travel


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