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 Sun  acquaintance Richardson appearing, I with an acquaintance of his, 
a Mr Crippen, of the Cincinnatti Daily Times set off to see more
of the City, they acting as guides.      The  Queen City of the West  
has few fine public buildings,   all to be built.   Court house &c are
plain buildings.   At the latter, & the  lock-up  where were three
or four unhappy drunkards, in sort of cages, some sleeping on the
hard wooden benches, and one arguing with prolix drivel on the justice of
his incarceration.       To a place where was kept a massive, steam worked
Fire Engine, invented & patented by a Cincinattian, & produced at a 
cost of $2000.   It is partly propelled by steam power to the scene when
needed, partly by four horses.  And say my two informants, it has proven
a great success, almost making other machines useless.     They have paid
Firemen in Cincinatti, as at Boston.           Talk of the Hog slaughtering &
curing business, which [ivas?] the main-stay of this flourishing city.  Into
an omnibus & Crippen leaving us, with guide I crossed the Ohio,
an ugly ferry boat to Roselle s dwelling, (becoming acquainted with a
railroad man, by the way.)    Richardson left soon, I stayed talking
with Roselle till 10, on books, races, Berkleyism & metaphysics
&c.           His son piloted me to the river side, where after waiting for
some time, beside a flaring brazier projecting beside the dark water
I was rowed across is skiff, with other twain, and having re-crossed
Mason & Dixon s line; back to the Burnet house, meeting only two
drunken Teutons by the way.
  26.  Monday.   To the Office of the Cincinatti Daily Times, there
to call as promised on Crippen.    Introduced to Lock and Taylor &c;
looked over building.        Then, by 10 to the  Burnet  to keep appointment
with Goodin, whom I met on the way, and who handed me over to the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes a walk through Cincinnati, Ohio.
Date:1853-09-25
Subject:Crippen; Firemen; Goodin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lock; Richardson (Ohio); Roselle; Taylor (Ohio); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Cincinnati, [Ohio]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.