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Newcombe.   He has crossed the Atlantic some six times, and  is generally
ill all the way.    Two Frenchman who don t appear to know each other
or any one else, one of whom promenades the deck in a sort of capote,
with Algerine hood to it; the other is only noticeable for getting in the way
when you want to enter, or leave, the cabin, and being constantly consuming
cigars.     A clumsily shaped, large faced Englishman with a scanty
fringe of red whisker around a stolid, sensual 
countenance, reads the  Mysteries of the Court,  (by his namesake Rey-
nolds) pretty constantly.   He is also assiduous in his attentions to the
English women forwards, plays whist, and goes Canada-wards.
A shortish, black whiskered, high complexioned, crisp looking, English-born
New Yorker; owns houses and lot on the 8th Avenue, deals in land and
house speculations, has lived in the States over twenty years, and is wealthy.
He is returning from six weeks in the island of Jersey, where his old parents
dwell, and has a family of ten or twelve.              A partially bold, good
humored, ripple faced little man, excessively English in everything, bound
for Springhill, Ohio, and known as Doctor Hyde.    He is queer in health
and, as yet, has not ventured below.           A youthful Gallic german,
with projecting chin, ingenuous and polite, has a case-bottle of excellent
cognac, which he don t like, and proffers to people.       A young-squire
looking fellow, born at Deal, his parents being wine and spirit sellers
there, dresses in blue cloth with red flannel shirt, and jockeyish cap,
is well looking, short in stature, innocent of knowledge of the great
world, and indignant at the prices demanded for ale at the dinner
table.  He goes Canada-wards, with undefined intentions.   A Balti-
more dwelling, Americanised German, shrewd and well informed as to 
transatlantic politics,   of course a democrat.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and eighteen
Description:Describes his fellow passengers aboard the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-22
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hyde, William; Nethersol, Michael; Newcombe, Nelson; Ocean travel; Reynolds, Vincent; 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.