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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 90, April 30-May 2, 1851

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Identifier: DX01013658

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 90, April 30-May 2, 1851

Description: Describes stowing away his belongings upon his departure from the 177 Canal Street boarding house.


his [Cross] paying me the $10 for the block. / An idle day, writing in the evening. It’s now 11, rain plashing mournfully out of doors, and I’ll to bed. Alf [Waud] ought to write.


1. Thursday. To West Broadway Place, there to look at the house “taken” by [Hardin] Andrews, then to the Post Office; down Park Place where I saw Mr [Charles F.] Anderson, standing in front of the disordered office, all the things being in the course of removal to Wall Street. Called on [Joseph] Richardsons, then to Holts [168 Duane St.], saw the old woman [Mary Holt] and intimated intention of returning thither (for a week only, though didn’t say that.) Afternoon stowing away books &c. Mr [Elisha] Hall and Homer with me. Out with Homer in the evening. To the New Haven House to find Cross, thence to Frenchs where Homer got in converse with a tall, black-bearded, fine looking travelling agent; — Cross arriving out with him leaving Homer. To Courtlandt Street, then returned. Talk of a certain invention for plating metal with gold &c, imbibing, to New Haven House, to Watermans & return at 12.

2. Friday. Disposing of my baggage, partly in Mr Halls room, partly in our former atelier the loft during the whole of the morning. Davis the sailor gilder called. /Having completed my preparations for departure, leaving the room all bare, went into Mr Hall’s room and sat with him and Homer. Learnt that Cross was some hundreds of dollars in his debt, and had acted otherwise unsatisfactorily, wherefore I conclude my $10 is more than doubtful of recovery. After dinner my time up, descended to basement, cashed up, and closed the door of 177 Canal Street behind me, as a domicile. Resolved on voyaging into Communipaw, having been divers times checked by trivialities in the essay. So with a queer feeling of nondescript homelessness I crossed to Jersey City (—two days more will bring the anniversary of my crossing there, for the first time, two years agone). Looking at the place whilome occupied by Ben Haun’s liquor store, — it was closed. Was met and greeted by the Jew-bootmaker, occupant of George and Joe’s pork-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Moving, Household


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