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To our bark, a handsome, spacious one with
a big sail and a cabin; ordinarily used for oystering
by its owner, Corbin s neighbor.     He, his son (a boy)
and two others, besides our party formed the excursion-
ists, though the offices of the former were principally
confined to working the vessel.     Glorious day but too
little breeze.  Dead calm.  Rowing.   Irruptions into cabin,
taking snacks which were continued at intervals all
day long.   Brandy, ham, tomatoes, cigars, cheese with
accessories.    Gun & Cahill exasperating unfortunate crab
in a  bucket who wanted to nip very badly.   Sharks seen
though not by me.   Gun s revolver.   Pistol practice.  After-
noon.   Breeze.  Going ahead finely.   Arrival at the
fishing grounds.  All quit bark and into boat, anchor
near  the Beacon  (pronounced  Bacon, )  and to fishing.
But little success.   Three hours thus, then give up.   A
snack and doze.    Hot coffee, a brisk sail, a cabin
off Vanderbilt s landing or thereabouts, more fishing  
Corbyn caught a skate   a very ugly fish from a human
point of view.     Good bye to him, with Gun and Cahill
into boat, round ashore by sailor, and return to New
York by steam.   I very tired.               Corbin is a Geor-
gian.   I notice in Southerners a suavity of manner, and
quiet sort of cordiality which contrasts strongly with the
quick, free and easy and sharp witted tone of the North.
Of course either may overlay all sorts of good or evil quali-
ties.     I recollect Kellam s talk striking me as almost
home-like in some respects.  Should like to see him again.
21.	Sunday.  To Doctor s.  (When I woke this morning I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Describes a day spent fishing with Corbyn and others.
Date:1858-08-21
Subject:Blakeman, Dr.; Cahill, Frank; Corbyn, Wardle; Fishing; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kellam, Oliver
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.