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Identifier: DX01021774

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 108, May 24-28, 1851

Description: Describes a visit to Staten Island with Dillon Mapother.


engraver. Talk principally national.

25. Sunday. Sundries all the morning. After dinner Dillon [Mapother] came, and together we take steamboat at the South Ferry for Staten Island; the vessel thronged by holiday New Yorkers. Hot sunlight and sea breeze, bright water, rounding the old fort [Castle Williams] on Governors Island, and three parts of an hour passing we have done the six miles and disembark. Joined by [William] Martin, who in company with other Holtein Boarders had journeyed here. They quitting him, we three ramble off together; up green eminences from whence we could see pleasant views of wood and water, through the trees and thickets, down in hollows delicious in their verdure, where the dog-rose, the sumach, maple and hickory grew; by little pools, and again out on dusty roads. Thus till past 4 and then to the shore again, returning by the “opposition” boats, to whom is the credit due of reducing the prices heretofore charged. Back about six; and I remained in during the rest of the evening.

26. Monday. Out with the pictures. To Picayune Office, where I got paid $2 sketch. To Dispatch and other newspaper offices, to [Thomas W.] Strongs, to Stringer & Townsend’s ([James] Stringer has gone to the World’s Fair;) and in at [Hardin] Andrews. Return at about 1. In doors, all the rest of the day, writing, extensively, to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] and “Knay-o-mee.” [Naomi Gunn]

27. Tuesday. Finishing letter writing, then to [Warren] Butlers, from thence to Post Office, with letters and newspapers, then to Atlas and other Nassau St localities all the rest of the morning. Afternoon, Strong having sent block at work, drawing. Evening to [177] Canal Street, where I found a letter for Alf [Waud], sate awhile with Homer [Hall] and his wife [Alzina Hall], then returning through rain, called in at [168] Duane on Mr [Henry] Hart, and from thence to Robinson.

28. Wednesday. Drawing, reading, perspiring and splenetic all day. Eugene Sue’s “Mysteries of the People.” Evening, after calling at one or two advertising boarding houses — (noyades in the chamber pot, and impaling with compass-points won’t exterminate the bugs here;) — to the old

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-05-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Publishers and publishing
Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
Castle Williams (New York, N.Y.)


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