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departure of the Viceroy, Mapother meeting us there.   Back through
Nassau Street.    To Chamber Street for key of carpet-bag.   Dinner.
Then to Christopher Street.  Then stuffing carpet bag, bathing, dressing and
hurrying until nigh 5, at which time down to the Pier and aboard, Mr
Hart  seeing me off.   Plenty of wind, more than needful.   Fraternized
with a young American-Irishman, returning to Boston,(he having accor-
ding to his own account been on an extensive  batter  during the past week,
in the Empire City.     Up the East River, Hell Gate with its archipe-
lago of Rocks; Blackwells Island, the  Sand  innumerable other islands, channels, 
villas, trees, sloping banks, all solitary and lonely enough to the view,
driving wind, with once a sunburst through the slate-hued clouds.     Talk
with a well spoken nigger on abolition and Liberia.     Cigar.  Growing
dull went inside.  Lay down on huge piles of leather smelling like a hun-
dred shoemakers shops, dose by the furnace.     Supper bell   folks 
all devouring below, didn t join  em, though hungry.  Uneasy doze on the
hides, engine crashing, shrieking and palpitating at my back.  An hour
or so;   got some provant.         Then leather couch again, with al-
ternate perambulations  bout the boat.         Past midnight by an hour or more
  23. Sunday.}     and  we take the cars.    On we go, as if harnessed
to a huge stupid ox legged gryphon, snorting and roaring brute indignation
at being in harness.   Little capes, woodland, white new-looking houses,
any amount of water whether dike, ditch or river.   Towns   Worces-
ter, [Nashua?], Framingham (minding one of Shansby in Beazlien times)
Norwich   churches, meeting houses, shanties, wide waste of lands
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes his journey from New York to Boston.
Date:1850-06-22
Subject:Abolition; African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Railroad travel; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]; Worcester, [Massachusetts]; Framingham, [Massachusetts]; Norwich, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street; Chamber Street; Christopher Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.