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Duane and dinner.    Afternoon coloring  Mose 
  26. Friday. Coloring  Mose .   Evening out with Mapother. Left
him at Jersey Ferry;   crossed and got boots left to be repaired when last
there. Then returned, and a Broadway walk with Mapother.    At Duane
  an alarm of fire in the streets, and we rush out;   but it proving nought
return, as do the b hoys and their  masheenes .
  27 Saturday.  Coloring  Mose . Very irritable and queer.
  28. Sunday. After cold bath, et cetera, took a stroll, with the in-
tent of church or chapel-going, but finding myself in the Bowery, called
on Empire City Moore, where I also saw Hawkins   the fellow s rascally
face not at all improved by the scissors of justice having clipped his flowing
locks   Bah! fellow s a skunk.	     Afternoon out with
Hart and Mapother, to Broadway, and Grand, where after waiting
some three parts of an hour we witnessed the funeral procession of poor Guire
  All the firemen of New York had turned out in honor of it;   the line
being some two and a half miles long, maybe three, bearing suitable
inscriptions, each with crape on the left arm.    A fine body they are too.
This is right, and I like it.   Evening rain prevented going out.
  29. Monday. Coloring  Mose , in Hart s room, in company with Mapot-
her   (Mr. Hart having some daily employment in a Jersey City Office  
Mapother a pleasant, ingenous young fellow   not sensual in his talk,
and with home-affections strong in him. 	Evening with him to the
ruins of the fire, where this day, seven other men have lost there
lives, by the falling of an adjoining wall.   There it stood, all
murky and black   the dirty pods and beams in the street,    a 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and seven
Description:Discusses his work, John Guire's funeral procession, and the deaths of seven others from the fire on Front Street from a collapsing wall.
Date:1850-04-25
Subject:Drawing; Firemen; Fires; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Guire, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hawkins; Mapother, Dillon; Moore
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Broadway; Grand 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.