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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 92, May 2, 1851

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Identifier: DX01014558

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 92, May 2, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Communipaw, and gives his thoughts on early New York Dutch explorers.


and lighting the big meerschaum, and from the ease-bottle taking a hearty draught to the memory of the Dutch worthies past, not without grateful remembrance of the magician who has invented them [Washington Irving] with such pleasant thoughts; I ponder on the days past. Hendrick Hudson; and the Goede Vrow, the escape of Communipaw from the dreaded Sir Samuel Argal in the Joy of the Dutchmen’s pipes; the perilous voyage of the heroic followers of Olaffe [the Dreamer], and the founding of New Amsterdam. Oh for the golden days of Wouter Van Twiller, those blissfull days “when the shad in the Hudson were all salmon — when Buttermilk Channel was quite dry at low water;” — the Dutch age of gold. Anon walked back, passing a stone house with pretty girl and child in the garden; — on the beach talking with a boy, and a stout young fellow enveloped in water proof extremities, busied in cleaning out a boat. “They were Jersey folk hereabouts” he said, “all went fishing and oystering; — he’d heard that Communipaw was an old place. “Endeavoured to get transported to Governors Island, but finding it impracticable returned on foot to Jersey, and so to “Alleghania” as New York should be called. To Sherwoods where I had an oyster supper, and then to Holts [168 Duane St.]. [William] Martin walking up and down in the hall as is his want at even-tide. Saw the old woman [Mary Holt], and learning that she had let the moiety of the room destined for me, went, with Martin to Robinson Street, their new boarding house. Engaged part of a room there, — to be faintly occupied by “a lad.” Then parting with Martin, to Liberty Street, and to the Tavern where were Mr [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother], having completed their Pelhamville survey. Sat awhile, then to [177] Canal Street for some things, and so, back to Robinson by 1/2 past 10. To a whitewashed room, looking out of a hermetically fastened window into a sort of perpendicular tunnel, with skylight on top. Rough, good humored fellows playing banjo and capering in the adjoining room. Felt as if in person, not being able to open window as want, but slept soundly, till morning, when my

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)


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