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fire, having caught at 1 or so this morning.  Now I, going
to bed at midnight, had lying awake an hour, heard the sonor-
ous clang of the great City Hall bell, toll, toll on, the
general alarm for a long time, other bells joining in the clamor.
It was an ice-cold, gusty night, the casements rattled, and
chimney roared; outside Murtoughs dog howled like a creature
in torment.       /               Set off on the news down Fulton Street,
and soon overtook Welden, posting thitherwards too, on news in-
tent.          So we held on together.      In Front Street, where the
fire had originated, at a bakery, were blackened walls and
ruined, fire-gutted houses, some nine in number being des-
troyed.    The flour had whitened all the house front of the for
mer tenement.       The usual crowd of firemen, lookers on thronged
the muddy, water puddles below.            But the great mass of
spectators were pressing onwards to the wharfs of the East
River, where the noble ship lay, burning.     Arrived there, 
we made our way through the throng down the pier adjacent to
the Fulton ferry, sideways to which the doomed vessel lay.
A monstrous ship, huger in proportion than any ever yet laun-
ched, handsome and unique in built withal, and during
the brief mouth she lay here had been quite a show sight,
people flocking to see her at 25 cents per head.        She was now
a grander sight, all her huge bulk except just the stern
part being ablaze; masto, yards and rigging were all
down, piteously trailing over the tall sides or consumed.
Her bulwarks were all riddled by the mass of raging flame
within, great quivering lambout fire-tongues soaring upwards;
her perpendicular bulwark beams remaining, parallel planks all
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and thirty
Description:Regarding a fire that destroyed the ship ''Great Republic.''
Date:1853-12-27
Subject:Fires; Great Republic (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Front Street; Fulton 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.