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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.

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(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

Place:

Dates: 1853-05-03

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Euchre
Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.)
Exhibitions
Gymnasiums
Artists
Card games

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