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									121.
			          August.
  1. Wednesday.   It is known that we are within a day s
journey of New York; and there are plenty of symptoms of the ap-
roaching break up of the little world of intimacys contracted during the
past two weeks.   Destinations and addresses are exchanged; waiters
volunteer copious offerings of almonds and prunes; and rumors reach
us of a sumptuous dinner, and champagne in the first cabin.   The
day is hot, and some anticipate New York weather by coming out in
summer clothing.     Our diet is, however no wise mended.   A pilot
comes aboard at early morning; and before sunset the long, low,
bevel shore of Long Island is in sight, looking green and pleasant
to sea wearied eyes.   I wash all over, put out clothes for the mor-
row, and go to bed, without any anticipation of sleeping, in which I 
am not deceived.
  2. Thursday.  Dressing in darkness, turned up on steamers
roof; of a row, dull morning, to look on Staten Island, the well
remembered Battery, bay, Governors Island, and masts of New York.
Right glad was I to see it. Up the North river for a space goes the
Washington, her guns arousing the sleepers in the city with the in-
telligence that the voyage is accomplished.     The foot of Beach Street
and the mail-cars,   next a great hauling forth of bales, boxes and bag-
gage for custom house inspection; which, as j usual, is just enough
to prove an annoyance, and just too little to detect any thing.  You
have, with infinite labour to uncord boxes, and unlock trunks, when
after a cursory glance to the depth of three inches, the custom-house authority
flourishes a clalk monogram on the lid, and  tis passed.   A
throng of Irish carmen, hotel stage-drivers, and the like aboard.   I
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes his arrival in New York from the steamship ''Washington.''
Date:1855-08-01
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
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.