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as to upset dish, and chip a piece out of adjacent saucer.  Whereupon 
Reynolds remonstrates beginning with  My good woman, if you were
born in a pig-pen     ! !                     Little Doctor Hyde developes
more and more, as a character.   He has seventeen coats, a stereos-
cope (adapted for photographs,) dried herbs and flowers, and an 
impracticable invention, which he, in England has been patenting.  Tis
a boat-trunk life-preserving-business, of which he has a model,  
the original to be six feet in length.     Nethersol, (the young Briton
in blue,) and he are friends, and the Doctor is chaffed, pulled
about, and has practical jokes played upon him by everybody.  Stans-
field tells me that that is but half his name, the final one being
Halstead.     Our mornings are sometimes very fine, but no desir-
able winds prevail; the sunlight playing on the water with a dancing
reflection, suggestive when looked upon by half closed eyes, of short
silk.     A vessel has been seen, far off, conjectured to be a steam-
boat.     We are aroused once, at early morn, by Newcombe shrieking
out like an eagle, in consequence of the sailors, who are washing the
exterior of our cabin, playing a stream of water into the open window.
Whereupon everybody has to wake, yell, or swear, till the window s 
put up.
     To Tuesday. the 31st,   We are now, it is said, within little
more than two days distance from New York.   Tis a misty, clammy
morning, succeeding a very warm day, which fittingly heralded
our coming experience of trans-Atlantic sunlight.   The ocean
lay a smooth plain, rippling in the sunlight, but little wind
stirring, and that favourable to our course.     There exists an 
ever present feeling that the intervening days are nuisances and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-29
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hyde, William; Nethersol, Michael; Newcombe, Nelson; Ocean travel; Reynolds, Vincent; Stansfield, Henry; 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.