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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 86, April 23-25, 1851

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Identifier: DX01011859

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 86, April 23-25, 1851

Description: Comments on watching a sunset.


&c as he hath done to many houses heretofore, I trust some day to a home of his [Joseph Greatbatch’s] own. Stayed an hour or two. Mrs Anderson the canny auld Scotswoman and her daughter coming up; I having seen both of them when we abode in Jersey. A walk adown Broadway, thoughtfully through the throngs of miscalled pleasure seekers and pedestrian Raphians, then by 11 to my quiet room.

24 Thursday. Drawing; then to the Era Office, where I saw [Thomas] Picton and Basian Dodge the singer and Jenny-Lind-Boston-ticket buyer; a real Yankee. Got paid for Picton’s portrait. To [Hardin] Andrew’s where I saw him and left the six Porcupinish initial illustrations; then to [John N.] Genins, he out, then to Roberts with Era mahogany poster; then to Park place, talk with the boys, then again to [William] Roberts, saw him, then to Pacific Bank, then returned to [177] Canal and dinner. Afternoon reading, and an hour before sunset to the Canal Street pier, there sitting on the summit of huge framing of piles at the end, watching the day’s death; the sun’s broad disc going down in glory on the opposite shore, and the tranquil water assumer more sober hues. There’s something very thoughtful induced by gazing into water. Methinks the notion of Jeb Trotter’s brother, conveyed to Pickwick by that dismal individual when leaning over Rochester bridge, hath great truth in’t. That a death by drowning must be rest and quiet. / Evening scribbling till near upon 11, then not feeling sleepy, having dozed during the afternoon, walked forth, and passing down Broadway was laid hold of by Cross, who had this day returned to the city. Walked back with him, he waiting some five minutes or so expecting the return of Homer Hall, whom ever not appearing, Cross left. / Met Mr Johns in the Park this morning. To my thinking he didn’t look so Episcopalian and eminently respectable as usual, — he spake bitterly of a certain Committee for a Competition-Building he had sat in plans for.

25. Friday. Sitting with Homer and Cross, when [William] Barth called. Spake of

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Publishers and publishing


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