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August
  1 Thursday.  To the Office.  This weeks paper out.   There for
half an hour or so, then left,   Mattice intimating the advent of an editor,
to supply whose place I was temporarily called in.      Called at the Atlas and
Picayune Offices, at Bobbett and Edmonds, met  the Doctor and also Mr
Alcock.   Talk with the latter some time.  Then called at Duane Street
and met with Mr Hart made arrangements to visit Coney Island.     In the
Afternoon he came up, and we embarked at Watts Street; Mapother
and a Colonel Tappan coming on board at Pier 5.    Lovely afternoon,
and fresh breeze blowing.  Long Island again, Diamond port   the
Narrows, recalling the first time my eyes were ever gladdened with the
sight of them.      Arrived, we walk over plank pathway across the island.
Enough rushes to supply New York with baskets, and ten thousand times
enough sand to fill them.    No trees, hubs of sand;   naught but
sand and rushes.    Different when old Henry Hudson moored the  Half
moon  there:   then there were trees and Indians.    Big tent on the
island, folks eating and drinking therein.   The shore; men and
women bathers, both dressed in garments hired for the purpose, at an
adjacent square of shanty-looking pig-pens;   to which the bathers return
and drip at leisure.	Preferring it al-fresco did not hire clothes
to go in the water, but going further on had a glorious bathe  
Mapother and Hart went in too.    Heavy surf and tide rolling in on
the marble like sand.      After an hour or so, a brandy smash,
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Describes a visit to Coney Island with Mr. Hart and Dillon Mapother.
Date:1850-08-01
Subject:Alcock; Coney Island (New York, N.Y.); Greeley, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hudson, Henry; Mapother, Dillon; Mattice; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Watts 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.