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talks of having squandered many dollars at Bremen, and says
he employs some hundreds of people in Texas.        A civil, common-
faced Englishman of the lower order; who with his sister, a plump, short,
conversable, accessible young woman, attired in black, goes Chicago-
wards.    With this girl, and one of her cabin companions, a big woman
with reddish hue and coarsely-good profile, does Reynolds strive to be
intimate, drifting to and fro on deck with them of evenings, and
tis said he has been seen in their cabin.   The big woman is country-
born, as her accent tells, and expects to be greeted in New York
by an admirer from Toronto, who is to deprive her of the virgin name of
Smith; of this however she talks but little.  With her and Miss
Pineger, (the girl in black,) consorts a chattyish, demi-sharp girl,
whose red hair is scanty down the middle; and whose brother is
a hearty sailor like man wearing a low crowned, glazed hat, cloth
coat and check suit.   He has been east and west, on many seasons,
and now, with his sister, goes to Canada.            Certain Deutche
girls are there, said to be four, bound for New York, of whom it
is whispered that they are destined for brothel-life, the procureess
being among the first cabin passengers.  Some of them have agreeable
faces, and glossy smooth hair, but for the most part they are coarse
skinned, and ugly footed.
     To Sunday, the 29th.  Thursday and Friday proved
unusually chilly days, insomuch that it was generally conjectured
that ice bergs were in our vicinity, and indeed, on the evening of
the latter day we saw, away to the north west, on the verge of the
horizon, a squat-pyramidically shaped mass, which might have been 
mistaken for a low lying cloud or distant mountain.    This
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-25
Subject:Brothels; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Pineger; Pineger, Miss; Prostitutes; Reynolds, Vincent; Smith, Miss; Stevens, Fred G.; Stevens, Anne W.; 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.