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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 181, September 15-18, 1851

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Identifier: DX09051463

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 181, September 15-18, 1851

Description: Mentions an incident at Mrs. Paterson's boarding house (222 Washington in Brooklyn), as told by J.B. Holmes.


sarcastic, pride that apes humility breathing letter to him, intimating that as he has so judged her [Mrs. George Brown’s] book, and as it may be of use to her, in disposing of it pecuniarily (!) she wants it back. And delivering this letter herself, she sits in the Office [of the New York Tribune] till she had the book sent down to her (!) A richer manifestation of mortified vanity was never concieved or executedI do believe!

16. Tuesday Wrote to Alf Waud. To [John B.] Holmes in the afternoon, where finding a scrap of invitation from Wilkins, went first to Castle Garden & then to Brooklyn and the street Wilkins stays at. Supped with him & his wife at the boardinghouse table, then passed the evening with them at their own room, fumigating and talking of schoolboy days and England, returning at about 11.

17. Wednesday. Drawing both fore and afternoon, — sketch of the noblest act this hemisphere ever witnessed, [Christopher] Columbus landing. Evening, to [174] Mulberry Street, and out with Joe [Greatbatch], on an exploration to find [Frank] Royal’s abode, which after divers botherations we did do, the approach being down an alley ‘twixt two houses, and their being two of the same numbered houses. Royal and his wife within. Sat drinking brandy and water and conversing an hour or two, then quitted, and each to our several abodes.

18. Thursday. [William] Barth came. Out with him, to [John N.] Genins, where I find he has got some two or three hundred specimens of antique head-gear realized, from my drawings, and displayed round the store. Another job in question. / To [John B.] Holmes, where we sat conversing with J B H, he narrating how a terrific shandy occurred last night at the Patersonian establishment [222 Washington]. That the fellows there having a custom of singing nigger-songs at unseasonable hours, he put his head out of window, remonstrated angrily, descending in the expectation of lamming one peculiarly obnoxious snob yclept Sawyer, (recently become an inmate;) who made off. Brooks trying a little bullying Holmes went at him, and Brooks cut and yelled for the Watch. Holmes got to the Watchman first and gave Brooks in charge, so he was hauled to the City Hall but subsequently at Holmes’ desire liberated. Meantime all the women were up, Mrs Brooks weeping and cursing, and Holmes was generally denounced, whereupon he

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-15

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
19th century
Books and reading
Women authors
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)


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