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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 194, May 3-5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01264668

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 194, May 3-5, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the Crystal Palace with Price.


(who’s been in California) says just as San Francisco looked, on his visit. Wooden houses rising, show places, shanties for liquor selling, digging of house foundations &c. The proposed Latten Observatory now looks just like a huge reversed strawberry basket with end pulled off. Much bustle & clatter of men about the “Palace.” The huge Reservoir behind helps to dwarf it not a little. We ascended the top of the latter, & there had a fine view of all. All the skeleton of the building is up, save dome, and glazing & flooring in process. Price leaving me, I tarried some space, noting the busy scene, the city & the Hudson so calm & beautiful in the sunny evening; & then returned to New York via omnibus, catching a glimpse at Franconi’s “Hippodrome” by the way. Supped. [Alfred] Waud at Swinton & Fay’s room, there drawing. [Charles] Welden called for few moments. To Gymnasium and there till 10.

4 3. Wednesday. Drawing &c till 2. Dined, then down town. Calls. To Brooklyn — Returned and about 8 called at Beach Street. [Moses] Morse, Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder], Lotty [Kidder] and another whist playing. Sate on sofa beside Lotty, looking on. Euchre succeeding. Left at 10.

5 4. Thursday. A letter from [William] Barth. In doors drawing all day, a wet, drenching, depressing one. Matagrabolized.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-05-03

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)
Card games


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