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nuisance, changing cars again.    Delay and complaint.    A musically voiced
lady and children on the way to New York, child suffering for want of
water, which at length was gotten.      An impracticably stupid Irishman with
a strongly scented wife who quarrelled with the conductor.    A stream of un-
happy people looking for seats.   Night, rain, and fire-sparkles outside.
Onwards, and in time to Dunkirk.  Struggles for baggage, then de-
livering it into the care of the New York & Erie line, entered cars with
the knowledge I should nt quit  em till I arrived in Jersey City. By
this time it was about midnight.
  22. Tuesday.  Onwards we held at a brisk pace throughout the
remainder of the night and day.     It passed wearily, uneasy sleep, and
more uneasy awaking; till, the cars being less crowded I lay on a whole
seat, with carnivourously-smelling bear skin for a pillow, and slept.
Short stoppages, at the usual places; one for breakfast, (which I ef-
fected on remainder biscuit.)   On over the well-known Erie road, now
bare and brown, and by 6 o clock, (some tedious waiting occurred,
for an emigrant trains delay necessitated it,)   into Jersey City.  Very
wet it looked too, with its muddy streets, and great water pools.
On to the ferry-boat, and Aha! Goodly New York again!   Heaven
bless it!        Sombre as it looked, (it had been a rainy November day,)
it was with almost an home feeling that I tramped up to the Duane
Street Depot for my baggage.   Half an hours waiting, then up to
the old, well remembered corner of Reade & Broadway!   There was
a light in Swinton s room, and in the farther one the knave Wright
was working.     Swinton was in, and heartily glad I think to see me,
surprised withal.   There was an enormous lot of newspapers awaiting me.
Went up-stairs and unlocked the door which had remained closed for
three months, two weeks space.     I had, on leaving closed the outer blinds,
but left the windows wide open, wherefore the room looked as though
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred
Description:Describes his arrival back in New York after three and a half months traveling.
Date:1853-11-21
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Swinton, Alfred; Transportation; Travel; Wright, Charley
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Dunkirk, [New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Duane Street; Reade Street
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.