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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 176, September 4, 1851

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Identifier: DX09030218

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 176, September 4, 1851

Description: Describes his journey back to New York with Arthur Mason.

Transcription:

who have appeared on this side of the Atlantic.) Far on our right were the tall, tree covered rocks by the river, open country in land. Dust two feet in depth in the roads. Presently the sun sunk below the horizon, and it grew cooler, as on we trudge. [Arthur] Mason in battered Panama hat owned by the juvenile [Will] Kidder, and not otherwise very disreputable looking, save in his linen-less throat, thick close whisker and unshaven upper lip and chin stubbly looking — decidedly a la Sikes. I in the white wide brimmer spoiled by the Staten Island nocturnalizing, its brim all reversed like a soup-plate, as a sun shade, my big coat carried over shoulder on the end of a rough stick, a fearful mess of rents in the rear part of my pantaloons, and a pair of boots into which, and out of, the road dust made way at pleasure; — all dusty looking, brown booted and trousers turned up — on we go through the evening. Partook of milk by the roadside, then in again, and wearily to Piermont, where we arrived at 8. No boat started till 12, wherefore we lay on the platform of the depot an hour or so, and then Mason walked on down the long one-mile pier, and I, in company with a travelling Celt followed. Aboard the boat, there dozing uneasily on diver singular carriages, in shape like the upper part of a letter X, wrenched wider, and I supposed destined to remove the multitudinous milk cans which at midnight were conveyed on board, from the vessel. Great to do, and the whole deck covered, and at about 12 1/2 or so, off we start for New York, (Mason having abandoned his idea of another days journeying.) Found the cans accessible, and drank of the milk. Up on the top of the vessel, and at about two woke up from slumber on a lot of stools by the arrival at New York. Out, through the still streets, passing by where Leonard Street brothels held joyless festival, as by the brawling and lights inside we could hear, into Broadway. Mason had not the key of his door, so though he essayed to make his presence known by throwing up stones against the lighted casement of his room, it was in vain, and he

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Hats
Boots
Irish
Transportation
Boardinghouses
19th century
Brothels
Clothing and dress
Diaries
Leisure
Travel

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