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able among my fellow cabin-chums are as follows.    A thin-tallish
Jersey-born American, returning from nearly a years stay in England,
having gone thither in some project, (appertaining either to mining of or
patent medecine, with both of which he appears familiar.     He has lived
in Mexico, (where he has a brother located,) tells how he and some three
others had, becoming cognizant of the existence of gold in California
ere the great discovery, sent a man exploring thither, who fearing to pene-
trate into the interior, chilled their proposed enterprise, and prevented
the formation of a  company.     He has lived at the  diggings , and
knows the detail of life there, owned land, sold it, travelled hither
and thither, and is altogether, a shrewd, hard, keen, conversable, self-
reliant and dyspeptic individual,   his name Halsey.               Above him,
in cabin berth, couches Stansfield, a tall, sturdy, short bearded, manly
-looking Yorkshireman; blunt in speech and possessing bold common
sense and education, knows much of Manchester, and is a good
type of a sort of Englishman one can by no means undervalue   the
man of the North.  (They have their localism of character, but to my
thinking  tis less objectionable than that of the thorough Londoner.)    He
has lived, and roughed it in Canada some years ago, and now returns
to Port Burwell on the northern shore of Lake Erie, where his mother and sister 
have
some land, with intent to abide there.     He may be midway twixt thirty
and forty, probably nearer the former, wears a white  wide awake  hat,
a rough blue coat, and in foul weather, an outer casing and leggings of
oilskin.           A fattish-bodied man, with unmistakeably English counte-
nance, who owns a tavern in Canada, not far from young Conworth s
destination; and who is so sick as not yet to have quitted the cabin.
He halts slightly in his deliberate speech, seems sensible, and is hight
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes his fellow passengers aboard the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-22
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halsey, Charles; Newcombe, Nelson; Ocean travel; Stansfield, Henry; Stansfield, Henry, Miss; Stansfield, Henry, Mrs.; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship)
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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.