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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 204, May 27-29, 1853

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Identifier: DX01278782

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 204, May 27-29, 1853

Description: Describes seeing a party of one hundred Germans relaxing on Staten Island.


nearly let a week slip by. The customary amount of drawing, goings down town, callings, and seeing folk. Gymnasium. Wrote to [William] Barth.

28 29 Sunday. To the Battery, a bright, sunny lovely day. [Alfred] Waud rowing about in boat, hailing me, I embarked, and together we moved tranquilly to and fro over the smooth water, now stretching out to look at the Sardinian frigate, now noting the big piles and blockade work prepared for the Battery Enlargement job. It may be t’will look prettier when effected, but will make a dirt heap of the pleasant resort all the Summer in transition, — may be some three summers.

Found [Charles Bailey] Seymour, at length, in Rabineaus, and off to Staten Island, on the densely crowded ferry boat. [Alfred] Swinton found us anon. Off down the bright, beautiful bay. Landing, a quartette of Ice-Creams and punches, then Swinton off to his home, and we to our day’s ramble. Through the thicket and copse wood, over the moss and leaves, along dusty roads, by winding lanes to Fresh Pond, a delectable spot, a minature [miniature] lake framed by a sea of verdure. These we found some hundred Germans, men and women, rusticating. They had made little impromptu arbours for the girls, had a cart containing provant, and were all singing choruses, laughing, talking & happy. [words crossed out] Germans [words crossed out] know how to enjoy themselves simply & truly. Off again, and by 2 o’clock found ourselves, hot and hungry at Clifton Park. Old Swinton there, and anon his son. After

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-05-27

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Gymnasiums
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Boats and boating
Construction projects
Ice cream, ices, etc.


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