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Dillon, I & Kelly went on to the lower landing place, then
to Clifton Park.   Ice creams & drinks, then a ramble
through and around the place.     Which rambling having
been re-iterated till 1,  came Waud & Swinton.    All
(save Swinton ) set off for a walk to the Old fort & then
along the margin of the sea farther on.    All had a bathe,
enjoying it mightily,  breasting the rolling surf and flowing brine,
the unwinking  Day God all aglare having tempered the water
most delectably.     Back, along the banks & cliff, and
by the 6 o clock boat returned to Manhattan.   Fed at
Van Name & Bush s, then parted, the rest to their 
several abodes; I to my cock-loft, and half an hour
subsequently, (by 9 1/2 )  to Beach Street.       Lotty,
her husband & a friend of his were at the door   she dressed
in close fitting black velvet bodice, and dress full & flowing
 neath it.       Divers small coquetries did she, plucking off the hat
of Whytal s friend, placing it on her own head &c.    Presently
they left, & I & Lotty went in the parlor.      Her mother came
but stayed not long.             Sat conversing with Lotty till nigh
upon 12.            It is with almost the assured knowledge,
(embothering sympathy,) that she has learnt nothing, is changed
in nothing, and loves nothing, that I talk with her.  Defiant,
fickle, restless, all demanding, nothing yielding, insincere
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and eleven
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island.
Date:1853-06-05
Subject:Clothing and dress; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kelly; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Summer; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Whytal, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.