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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 115, June 10-11, 1851

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Identifier: DX01024938

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 115, June 10-11, 1851

Description: Describes finding a new boarding house in Brooklyn, recommended by J.B. Holmes.


Afternoon doing divers odd chores awhile, then out, and an unsuccessful call at [William] Roberts. Subsequently talking with some of the firemen attendant on the Chamber Street engine, I, at their request fetched the picture. But they didn’t at all like being represented as such “hard-looking” customers, and guessed that Philadelphy companies turned out more like that that [than] New York ones. Talk with the foreman about drawing the “machine.” Evening, at 8 went to Wall Street, and there encountering Mr [John B.] Holmes & [Frederick] Gleason walked with the former to the Fulton ferry, crossed to Brooklyn, to this boarding house in Washington Street. A spacious corner house, trees about; a flight of steps from the little garden to the door. Inside, a wide hall & staircase; drawing room, well carpeted, paintings, a piano and music. Saw the proprietress, a stout, [words crossed out] looking dame. Ascended, & concluded to come there on Friday night; sat awhile with Holmes, then returned, straw hat buying on the way. And this day is Mary [Bilton]’s birth day. I ought to pen the name No More, now.

11. Wednesday. To Washington Market, and selecting a busy part, there stood sketching the butchers stalls & appurtenanees, to the infinite admiration and respect of their proprietors. Many were the boys inquiries, and much there interest in seeing that transferred to paper which they were wont to regard as so common place. “When’s the paper comin out Sir?” In about a fortnight. “By [word crossed out]. I’ll buy it then!” [words crossed out] The rest of the forenoon & part of the afternoon making drawing from the sketch. Then, getting a note from [John N.] Genin meanwhile, to [Thomas W.] Strong’s for displaying the sketch. Got a block to draw it on, left Strong & [Warren] Butler, & to Genins. There arranged to go up to Fonthill Castle on the morrow, as [Edwin] Forrest had intimated he was going thither at 8 in the morning, and would then accord me entry. Evening Dillon [Mapother] calling, with him and the two oil paintings to Kentucky Hall, Perry Street, leaving them there for raffling. After an

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-06-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Fire fighters


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