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houses, telegraph wires, distant view of loco-motive &c.   Arrived
at the river side we cross to Astoria, getting a good view of Hell Gate
by the way. Very pleasant was it to ride, when thinking of Oloffe the
Dreamer and the famous expedition of the dutchmen from Communipaw.
Picturing to myself Ten Broeck discovered in the morning  drying his many
breeches in the sun-shine.    Coasted up long island, Mapother striding
hither and thither mid the marshes, occasionally firing with no-success.
Fresh, breezy, exhilarating day, warmer as it drew on.  Long dusty
roads, white houses, nigger planting onions.   Walking on the beach,
sand, smell of sea-weed muscles &c.   Arrived over long wooden bridge
into Flushing, and after a stroll through and about to our inn with
savage appetites.   Regalement, then fumigation and lazying beside the
bridge watching nigger fishing.  Stage arriving, I with Mr Hart sit
beside driver, and merrily we rattle along the quiet road to Astoria.
There we take boat, and thus down the East River. A noble view.
New York s, on every hand gloriously situated for a great city.    Dis-
embarkation at Fulton Ferry.                Found a letter from Bridgens await-
ing me. He at Lowell   going to Boston.
  19. Friday.  Writing to my mother & to Naomi.  And to Hart, enclosing
dedication for  Mose .   And to Wing, in the Evening.
  20. Saturday. To the Post Office with letters.  Afterwards meeting with a certain
mariner unuephonically yclept Stubbs   (for the time domiciled in Duane St,) wandered
up Broadway and Bowery for a stroll.      Collinson-made-boots prevented further
pereginations during the day.
  21. Sunday.  Walk, and early one on the Battery. Then, with Mr Hart to 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and three
Description:Describes a visit to Long Island with Mr. Hart and Dillon Mapother.
Date:1850-04-18
Subject:Bridgens; Collinson, Bill; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.); Leisure; Long Island (N.Y.); Mapother, Dillon; Stubbs; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Astoria, [New York]; Flushing, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.