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burnt.       Behind another ship, also on fire, was dimly seen.
The morning was a lovely one, clear, cold, frosty   blue un-
clouded sky and sunlight above.      And atop of a great
part on the wharf-edge, above the crowd sat Damoreau.
Welden pointed him out; and after some clambering difficulty
I got up beside him.  There we sat for a full hour, look-
ing on the burning ship.      Ineffectual hose-squirtation
was being done at the stern.   The vessel had been scuttled,
but she lay in fatally shallow water, and though aground,
burning.    Little jets of melted metal, lead or zinc gushed
out of the sink holes, with hiss and splutter plunging into
the heated water below.      The wind blew sheer eastwards,
or the hear would have been unendurable   had it blown
up-river   more ships would have gone.    As t was I
believe some two or three others were destroyed.   Towed
out all aflame into the river during the night, they must
have presented a fine sight.              Welden was sym-
pathetic about the loss   with me, the spectacle outbalanced
all other considerations.      Besides, the owners being rich
men, here,   there d really be a more tragic-spectacle evol-
ved by the destruction of a lodging house with poor families goods
in it.     /         Back, working all day & evening.  Waud
supped with me, at Taylor s, and stayed till 11.     And
Davis came up-afterwards.
  28.  Wednesday.   Drawing hard.  Welden called,
Whytal & Royal.       Down town in afternoon, filthy,
slushy walking, sleet & snow.   Weeds & Post Office. Eve-
ning Waud with me.    Reading, both.     I, Carlyle, Lamb
Cagliostro &c.
  29.  Thursday.  In doors, writing.   Took a walk to
Spruce Street in the afternoon with Picayune and words for
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and thirty-one
Description:Regarding a fire that destroyed the ship ''Great Republic.''
Date:1853-12-27
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Davis; Fires; Great Republic (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Royal, Frank; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Whytal, John
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Spruce 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.