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carriage we fellows set off down Broadway
and to the North river, near Robinson St, where
lay the Armenia with fluttering flags and the old
 Calliope  playing like a musical giant with the
stomach ache!    Carriage and girls there already.
Mr & Mrs E. stay behind for an hour or two,
not caring to trust house entirely to new Biddy.
Up the river.  On the breezy after deck all sitting
together   rather too breezy.   Ed Wells with felt hat
flapped about his ears and coat skirts drawn over
his trousers looking like something between Dickens 
Fagin on on abbot out on a spree.   Little Nast
shoulder shrugging and grimacing, rather devoting
himself to Eliza.    Sally taking care of little Jessie,
Mrs George Edwards girl, in which office I relieved
her.    Haney fumigatory.   Knudsen (whom I ve forgot-
ten to mention) finding it windy and looking very
Norse and Hardy-Knutish.       Honeywell as much
beside Matty as practicable.   He is but hard there,
and made some progress during the day; she
palpably  didn t mind ; hitherto she has been more
than indifferent.   Not a very brilliant or sensible
young fellow, but I liked him; he is in earnest
as far as he knows.     There s always something
touching in a boys  young feelings about a pretty
girl.    I fancied how the day must be glorified
to him, the sparkling river and bright morning
sky, how he must look at and think of her
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page thirty-six
Description:Describes a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and friends.
Subject:Clothing and dress; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, Jessie; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Honeywell, Charles; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm; Nast, Thomas; Welles, Edward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Robinson Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.