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portfolio of specimen drawings:   they in their home-purity,  
simple unquestioning belief in God and the Bible, ere the coarse
world sadden them   a kind thought from one such gentle
heart would be as an angels blessing.  God bless them.  / 	   Return.
After dinner at work coloring  Mose , proof of which arrived in the
morning, before my going out. Don t please me at all   [word crossed out]  
[line crossed out]
[words crossed out].                                                    Evening with 
Hart and Mapother to the Clinton Hall.   Fowler & Wells lecturing on Phreno-
logy. (Common-place plaster-of-paris-phrenology. Bumpologizing;   a
great sciecce contemptibly and inelegantly set-forth. Bah.      Returned
and the fire-bells ringing consumedly, we three, and Scotch Hunter set
off.    Arrived in John Street, fire out;   but the  masheenes  travelling
on, and pedestrians the same, we follow in the wake.   Hurrying down
Wall Street,   anon the atmosphere becomes dense and painful to respira-
tion   a ruddy glare in the distance.   Arrived at Coeuties Shop   and
we re at the scene of action. A store in Front Street on fire,   burning
downwards   blaze shooting up aloft in the cold night air, thick smoke
blurring out the pale moon gliding silently on.  A busy throng of gazers,
b hoys with their  engynes  working heroically,   huge pots of water,
shoutings and clamour, dull heavy noise of the engines being worked,  
hoarde bowling through trumpets, red flannel shirts and helmets,   hurry
skurry, here, there, and every where.   The fire progresses   wind
wafts sparks across to a house in the rear,   and soon that is in flames.
And then, how awfully beautiful was the scene;   when the red blaze
lit up the distant windows,   the shipping,   the anxious faces of 
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and five
Description:Comments on a lecture on phrenology and witnessing a fire in a shop on Front Street.
Date:1850-04-24
Subject:Children; Firemen; Fires; Girls' schools; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hunter; Lectures and lecturing; Mapother, Dillon; Phrenology; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):John Street; Wall Street; Front Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.