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Identifier: DX01024486

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 114, June 9-10, 1851

Description: Describes a parade of firemen.


Baltimore, green hatted and wearing capes. I know not how many companies, “Hose, Hook and Ladder &c” followed, with their Engines; but for nigh upon an hour was the procession passing. Sturdy, well looking fellows mostly, picturesquely clad; some blue-flannel shirted, others red, with blue underneath, or simply red, with linen below. Well-fitting black “panties,” some faced to mid-leg with glazed leather; helmets more or less curved in brim; and the wearers bearing nosegays. Many beautifully fashioned engines and hose carriages; flags, (some trumpery ones) nigger bearing a wooden eagle; and a live eagle perched on the back of one machine, and looking marvellously, enquiringly uncomfortable. Trumpets and lanthorns bedecked with flowers, and twice, small boys dressed a la fireman on the tops of engines. / Out with Dillon [Mapother], and through the throng to Nassau Street. To [Thomas W.] Strongs with block, got paid $8; thence to Wall Street, saw [John B.] Holmes, got paid $7; then to [Charles F.] Andersons; finding Fred [Anderson] alone their. Learnt that his dad was at Washington, that decision was to be made ere many days be passed, that the President [Millard Fillmore] had entered into a direful conspiracy against C F A &c. &c. Left, and to [John N.] Genins. Conversing with a Mr Webb in his employ, one who has been in India, in the service and bivouacked in the jungle. A Mr Barrow, fat little man, husband to Julia Bennet, the actress, came; I made sketch for him for hat feminine of time of Louis le grand, for his wife. Saw Genin, talked awhile & left. Sangaree at Sherwoods with Dillon, then parted. After supper out with him again; to Leonard Street, to visit the boarding house spoken of by Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder; no room suitable vacant; then to Firemans Hall, talk with young fellow, then unsuccessful call at Dillon’s relative; then walk back to [168] Duane, sitting by the way a good hour at Saint John’s park talking about home. / Bye the bye, in the afternoon, we encountered the procession, after leaving Florence’s and the eagle looked decidedly sea-sick.

10. Tuesday. Made a little fairy-initial sketck &c took it to Strongs. Thence to [Warren] Butlers, where I found him saddened at the recent death of his younger child.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-06-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Birds
19th century
Fire fighters
Fire engines
Clothing and dress


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