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bye streets to the Edwards .    House full of folks.
Haney there.   On the housetop with him, Eliza and
many others, seeing the immense procession.  People every-
where, a hot day, a great time generally.  Procession in
teresting, but monotonous.    Down stairs, tea with a party
of a dozen or two.   At night all out to see the illuminations.
 Matty  walking with me.   The others had got twenty minu-
tes ahead, but we came up with some of them and got parted
again.   A tremendous crowd   Matty stood it capitally.
She is now the prettiest of the sisters, though Eliza s face pro-
mises the most intellect.   Matty has fair hair, kind eyes
and a sweet face generally.   She is not particularly bril-
liant or clever in talk, but perfectly free from affectation,
good and innocent.    They are a family of good, kind
people and it s a privilege to know them.  (Cahill had
an invitation to come, but wouldn t.)     The illuminations
were a great success, the crowd good-humored.   We
outdid all the rest of our party, getting as far as St
Paul s, returning up town by the 6th Avenue Cars.  To the
house again, and there till midnight, seeing the torch-light
procession.   A pleasant but fatiguing day.
  2.  Thursday.  Writing &c.  Out in the afternoon.
  3.  Friday.  Letters from Alf Waud & from Han-
nah.  Will Waud  gives out that his wedding took place
last October, in Salem.  Out in the afternoon to tailors
&c.   Talking with Mrs Church in the evening.
  4.  Saturday.  With Mrs Potter and Mrs Church, in
carriage, to a pier near the Battery, there to see the latter
embark for Europe in the  Ariel steamer.   Mrs Eldredge
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and ninety-two
Description:Describes seeing a parade with the Edwards family.
Date:1858-09-01
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Cahill, Frank; Church, Mrs. (Andreotti); Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Eldredge, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parades; Potter, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.