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which I had left for reparation.   Drawing for half an hour, then
again to Picayune Office.    Got $25 paid for this weeks drawing
& engraving, and drawing the Pictorial included.    To Weeds &
paid him.     Much tumult, crowds returning from a Pearl Street
fire.     The Harper s place said to be burned down.    Back, drawing.
Supped at Taylors, then made a drawing.    Evening thus & reading.
  11. Sunday.  Came Damoreau.   /         I, having dined
at Gosling s crossed to Brooklyn, and at the Fulton Hotel cal-
led on Waud.  He was upstairs in his room, writing a letter
for a Pole who lay on the bed, and who was about to start for
Australia.    Brightly coming up, Waud, he & I crossed to
New York together.    A mid, genial, sunny, idle day.   To Frank-
lin Square, where a great crowd was assembled gazing on the
smoking, blackened brick heaps, and the huge gap extending
all through to Cliff street, where ten huge buildings have been 
burned to the ground.      Chaotic piles of smouldering ruins, a
smother of white smoke offending the sunlight; (house fronts on the
other side of the street in half ruins), one huge chimney standing
up in the gap, scarcely discolored by the flames.   Newsboys selling
copies of  Harpers Magazine , besmirched and blackened for a
cent each.               They say the Harpers have lost a million of $
by it, perhaps it will amount to half the sum.        Two hours
in the middle of the day did it all.
  Now had I, two days back, idly turning over these then
blank pages, been told    that leaf will contain a brief putting
down of the total destruction by fire of Harpers big buildings;   
what an amazed sort of interest it would have inspired the blank
page with!      Had the blank book, with the like intimation been
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Mentions a fire which has burned down the Harper's building.
Date:1853-12-10
Subject:Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Cliff Street; Franklin Square; Pearl 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.