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and lighting the big meerschaum,  and from the ease-bottle taking a hearty
draught to the memory of the Dutch worthies past, not without grateful remembrance
of the magician who has invented them with such pleasant thoughts; I pon
der on the days past.   Hendrick Hudson; and the Goede Vrow, the escape of
Communipaw from the dreaded Sir Samuel Argal in the Joy of the Dutchmen s
pipes; the perilous voyage of the heroic followers of Olaffe, and the founding of New
Amsterdam.  Oh for the golden days of Wouter Van Twiller, those blissfull
days  when the shad in the Hudson were all salmon   when Buttermilk Channel
was quite dry at low water;    the Dutch age of gold.             Anon walked
back, passing a stone house with pretty girl and child in the garden;  
on the beach talking with a boy, and a stout young fellow enveloped in
water proof extremities, busied in cleaning out a boat.   They were Jersey
folk hereabouts  he said,  all went fishing and oystering;   he d heard that
Communipaw was an old place.     Endeavoured to get transported to Governors
Island, but finding it impracticable returned on foot to Jersey, and so to 
 Alleghania  as New York should be called.  To Sherwoods where I had
an oyster supper, and then to Holts. Martin walking up and down in
the hall as is his want at even-tide.     Saw the old woman, and learning
that she had let the moiety of the room destined for me, went, with Martin
to Robinson Street, their new boarding house.    Engaged part of a room
there,   to be faintly occupied by  a lad .   Then parting with Martin, to
Liberty Street, and to the Tavern where were Mr Hart and Dillon, having
completed their Pelhamville survey.     Sat awhile, then to Canal Street 
for some things, and so, back to Robinson by 1/2 past 10.    To a white-
washed room, looking out of a hermetically fastened window into a sort of perpendi-
cular tunnel, with skylight on top.   Rough, good humored fellows playing
banjo and capering in the adjoining room.   Felt as if in person, not being
able to open window as want, but slept soundly, till morning, when my
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page ninety-two
Description:Describes a visit to Communipaw, and gives his thoughts on early New York Dutch explorers.
Date:1851-05-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holt, Mrs.; Mapother, Dillon; Martin
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Pelham, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Liberty Street; Robinson Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.