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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 100, May 12-13, 1851

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Identifier: DX01018163

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 100, May 12-13, 1851

Description: Describes a parade for President Millard Fillmore's visit to New York.


breakfast to the Post Office with letter for Alf [Waud], and Wall Street to Express Office. Evening to [177] Canall Street. No letters. Back, dull enough, calling at [168] Duane. Mr [Henry] Hart’s room closed, no one there. Returned to Robinson, sate awhile in the sitting room, then ascent to the one adjoining mine. Two young fellows, one playing banjo and violin, the other reading on [one] of Reynold’s filthily trashy novels.

13. Tuesday. Drawing all the morning. After dinner, having finished, to Duane Street, and from thence with Mr Hart and Dillon [Mapother] to Chamber Street, where I left the block with [William] Roberts. Then down Broadway, a crowd blocking the street stores closed, and all being anticipation of the approach of the President [Millard Fillmore] and suite; he having already landed at Castle Garden. Taking over station at Judsons Hotel, we await the arrival. Met little Stratton the Brooklyn Dentist. [William] Barth came up, but seeing three feminines of his acquaintance joined them abruptly. Dense array of folks at windows, on horse tops, everywhere, a broiling hot day. Pretty girls in balcony, people lining the side-walks from the Battery to Irving House. The procession advancing, and in an open chariot drawn by six horses sat Millard Fillmore. A gentlemanly good humored face, — that of a man who has been well-looking, and white haired. In the succeeding vehicle sat Daniel Webster. A keen, anxious intellectual, square face, grey haired; — a notable man to gaze upon; energy and hard intellect in every wrinkle. Great parading afterwards of militia companies. Adjourened to Sherwoods for a sherry cobbler [cobbler], then after awhile out again gazing at the valiantly perspiring militia men. I like the Continentals best, on account of the historical association — In the Park. Parted, and after supper I joined them at Duane Street; and as agreed, we went to Brougham’s Lyceum. “London Assurance” played. How I recalled Mrs Nesbetts [Louisa Nisbett’s] glorious laugh and lovely face, — and Keeley’s “Dolly Spanker.” The play, however is a scampishly clever one, not over moral. It was decently played ([John] Brougham I recollected as past projector of the last year’s “Bubble.”) Next “a row at the Lyceum” — Dismal enough, though from the incongruous nature of the piece it should have been mirth pro-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-05-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Armed Forces
Books and reading
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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