Sunday, May 22, 2011

4th of July 1846

More steamboat excursions. The fractions are hard to read and might be off:

CONEY ISLAND AND FORT HAMILTON FERRY.--The proprietor of the above Ferry has, for the accomdation of the inhabitants of the city of New York and Brooklyn, placed the following boats on the Ferry for the 4th of July ; Phe (sic) PROPRIETOR, Capt. H. Mallan ; IOLAS, Capt. R. Yates ; WAVE, Capt. O. Vanderbilt ; and HERALD, Capt. J.B. Parks ; one of which will leave at the following times and places :

Rivington st., E.R. 7 1/2 and 11 1/2 A.M., and 3 1/2 P.M.
Pik st, " 7 3/4, 9 1/2, and 11 3/4 A.M.; and 12 1/2, 3 1/2, and 3 3/4 P.M.
Thorne's Dock, near Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn, 8 and 9 1/2 A.M., 12 M., 12 3/4, 3 3/4 and 4 P.M.
Canal st., N.R., 8 1/2 and 11 1/2 !.M., and 2 1/2 P.M.
Pier 3, N.R., 8 3/4 and 11 3/4 A.M., and 2 1/4 P.M.
Whitehall 8, 8 1/2, 9, 10 and 11 A.M., 12 M., 1, 2, 3, 4, 4 1/2 and 5 P.M.
Coney Island 9, 10, 10 1/4 and 11 1/4, A.M., 12 1/2, 1 1/4, 2, 2 1/4, 3 1/2, 4 1/2, 5 1/2, 6 and 6 1/2 P.m>, landing at Fort Hamilton each way.

FARE, 12 1/2 cents.

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THOMAS BEILBY, Proprietor.

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Friday, July 3, 1846

Same date:

...There has been, of late years, altogether too much apathy on the subject of "keeping" the 4th of July. It is, we know, quite fashionable in certain quarters to discountenance the day, either directly or indirectly. Disgraceful! We by no means think it well to commit any excesses, on such an occasion. Indeed, we consider any excesses--any gross indulgence in mere physical appetites--most insulting to the day. Such are not the methods of doing honor to so sublime an anniversary. They are really at war with the feelings which should be cherished on its recurrence.

But the day should be kept with exultation, with thanksgiving, with a cessation from ordinary temporal affairs, and with the development of true patriotic feeling! To those whose convenience, health, or taste does not impel them to bestir themselves abroad (though we hope all in Brooklyn, who can, will participate in the exercises, to-morrow,) let the day be devoted to a home celebration, if possible...

To every one we especially enjoin to "be temperate in all things." There are thousands of persons who are foolish enough, on jubilees of this kind, to indulge in many kinds of pernicious "amusements" (overloading the stomach with drink or food, for one)--and we caution our readers against such a weakness...

They then describe Brooklyn festivities, including a parade, including "Revolutionary Patriots and Clergy." This was 70 years after 1776, so it's not impossible that some survivors would be present.

Then in the same article:

AMUSEMENTS, EXCURSIONS, &C., TO-MORROW.--Among the principal portion of our citizens, particularly the younger ones, to-morrow will be held as a day of 'jollification,' (not too excessive, we hope.)...

See adv't of steamboat trips to Coney Island in our adv. columns. The boats stop several times at Throne's dock Brooklyn.

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Friday, July 3, 1846

Other attractions include "Fire Works" and music, and a "Temperance jaunt to Sing-Sing."

Oddly, I didn't see any articles after saying how the celebrations went!

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