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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 91, May 2, 1851

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Identifier: DX01014108

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 91, May 2, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Jersey City and Communipaw.


store. Called at Haun’s [79 York St.] and saw Mrs H [Haun]. Learnt that Ben [Haun] had been ill for a long time, being in danger of losing his sight, but has now recovered. Jack Rankin she thought was dead. Left and along the plank road to the south of Jersey, skirting the river Communipaw-wards, a fair spring afternoon, sunlight, a fresh breeze blowing, silvery clouds floating in the sea of blue above. An arm of the bay prevents nearer approach to Communipaw, so it has to be doubled, walking inland, and almost returning. Even as one might visit Carthage’s ruins did I jog on, intent on seeing the spot from which Oloffe the Dreamer and his heroic Dutchmen voyaged forth to select the spot whereupon to found the future City. Leaving the plank road, and striking off to the left I passed down a country road, now and then a cart meeting me, laden with shad, or other fish from Communipaw. Arrived there, also for the degeneracy of this restless innovating age — no substantial brick or stone-built mansions with weathercocks on top do I see but white painted, timber built modern mansions all; — but three stone built dwellings, and the mortar seams thereof appeared uncomfortably new. Yet withal it was a most pleasant spot. And when issuing out on the margin of the Hudson, I and saw these cottages all surrounded by the peaches and apple trees with their beautiful blossoms; — the rich deep greensward beneath them; the row of planks dividing the stones and shingle from the path, the shad poles and oyster boats in the clear water scarcely stirred by the luxuriously lulling ripple, pretty Jersey on the left divided by the indentation of watter, a green neck of land by Mill Creek, New York afar off, Governors Island and Gubbet Island — (ah for the ghostly visitors of Vanderscamp !) and above all the beautiful evening sky, I could not but own all was very fair to see. So passing on to the corner of the village looking towards Jersey City, I sat me down at the rocks, shingles and oyster shells, sea-weed and water at my feet

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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