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and the complaints of a tortured accordion.             I have more talks
with Bowles (Robert,) of Clarks Hill, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.
Fishing boats are seen, some porpoises, and far away a steam-
boat, distinguishable mostly by a dim, dim haze proceeding from its
chimney.          Children and women hitherto unseen appear.     An
Irishwoman with excruciating brogue volunteers voluminous confidences
to everybody, on the subject of her leaving her husband, (to ruin himself
 wid dhrink and dissolute faymales ,) while she returned to Brooklyn.
Aboard, there is an whole English family, consisting of a short,
stout, gaitered old man, his son with wife and children, one
of the little girls being very pretty, and having an exquisite profile.
They are from Boston, Lincolnshire, and go to Rochester N. Y.,
the son, a burly, middle aged-man, with farming intentions.    With
them is a relative, a stout, country spoken young fellow, a worker
in iron, for rail road matters.                One of the ships officers,
an individual in gold laced cap and whiskers, becomes noticeable in
conjunction with a first cabin damsel, much promenading taking
place, in which the ladys green slippers are prominent, and her
Bloomer hat blows about continuously.        Three girls with two
younger brothers are said to be crossing the Atlantic alone, they sit
much in the fore-deck, dress in black; one has good feet, Jewish
lips and nose, and snubs her brothers unnecessarily.              I,
at solicitation pen a few sentences indicative of the general disgust
and dissatisfaction of passengers, as to provant, Reynolds copies it
out fairly, and goes round for signatures, plenty being forthcoming.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes his fellow passengers aboard the ''Washington.''
Subject:Bowles, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Reynolds, Vincent; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship); Women
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.