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delphia thereon, and give Boston magistrates the control of it.   / 
Colored man seated beside me, Scotchman opposite.      Nigger partly drunk,
though good-temperedly so, gasconading of his voyagings in all parts of
the world.  Passengers chaff him somewhat.          Country very pleasant,
well wooded, green, wet and solitary.  Fine quiet river.  Divers
villages, townships, Kingston, Greenwich, Providence ( min-
ding one of Jabez Wing.) At length we reach Stanington   then em-
barkation in the huge Vanderbilt.   Stowed myself on the bales and boxes,
few eyes of brandy, thoughts of home, and half a score of intermittent
  {4. Thursday.}     dozings all night, diverted by divers walks on
deck ; until I woke up to find myself along side Pier No 1 by the
old Battery.   Laying hands on carpet bag, forced my way through the
crowd of loafers and touters there congregated, and strode on for Duane,
having the drop-pocket book dodge tried on me by the way, by one
 bittered under Mercury , who must needs think carpet bag intimated gulli-
bility.     Arrived at about 5, lie in bed, (curtains closed of course  
dreadful thing fresh air ) and room smelling vilely.     Had a bath, then
dressed, then decent to Mr Harts room, then breakfast.   Then, after
an hour or so, we sally out to see the celebration of the  Fourth of July, 
down Broadway, mid the usual explosives, crackers, pistols, guns  
On the Battery, then returning stationed ourselves in Broadway &
under the broiling, glorious July sun awaited the procession.     Troops of
all uniforms, (militia only though.)  Scotch volunteers with Tartan and [unclear word]
Irish with green uniforms and harp, German &c.    Many of the men
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes his journey back to New York and a parade for the Fourth of July celebration.
Date:1850-07-03
Subject:African Americans; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Parades; Pickpockets; Transportation; Travel; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; Boston, [Massachusetts]; Kingston, [Rhode Island]; Providence, [Rhode Island]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Broadway
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.