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lone snipe.   Making bonfires with withered boughs of cedar and
other bay diversions.    Returning. Mr Royal s descent down the
rocks,   (verily we weren t justified in inducing a father of a family
to make such an essay.)    Also his very English mode of reproving the
overcharging hostel-shanty keepers.  I think you must have made a mistake! 
 Somebody must have been running away without paying, and we ve got to suffer
for it.  / 	Back to Duane somewhat tired.
 20. Monday. Out with Mr Hart. ( Met Andrews at the door.) Idled
up per omnibus to the upper part of Gotham, there arriving at the opposite
of Blackwells Island, we experience some delay.  Red flag displayed, and
boat comes from the Island, [comacts?] rowing, talk with one.    After some
 ahoying  and waiting another boat puts off from the pauper-part, and we are
pulled over in her.   Arrived in the place   (a little one enow is it;) we 
accompany a certain Superintendant firstly to his Office, then to the spot 
where the proposed Alms Houses are to be erected.   Admeasurements &
talk of crime prevention, poverty legislation &c.   Thunder and rain-
storm, wet through.   Back,   boat. New York.  Visited the 
Huge Croton water Reservoir   massive Egyptian-style walls, and
huge area of water enclosed.   Omnibus jolting   (in which vehicle
I met baby Greatbatch and Martha)   then Duane, drenching wet, and
dinner. 	Joe got the colic, and has to be rhubarbed, pepperminted
and brandyed.   Writing in company with Mapother in the evening.
  21. Tuesday.  Writing in the morning.    Afternoon took letters for
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Mentions a visit to Blackwells Island.
Date:1850-05-19
Subject:Almshouses; Andrews, Hardin; Crime; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Poverty; Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.) (Blackwell´┐Żs Island); Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane 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.