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of the day, which heat presently culminated
in a really terrific tornado.     We three had spent
fifteen minutes over claret-juleps at Delmonico s,
when the bursting of the storm necessitated our ta-
king refuge at the Star in Lispenard street.     After
a preliminary and most picturesque whirlwind of dust,
obscuring everything in a grand smother, down came
the fierce rain like streams from a cataract, the
lightning was incessant, and the thunder bellowed
and roared as if earth and heaven were going to 
wrack. (Trees were uprooted, houses overturned, people
killed, and a good deal of mischief done generally, as
we learnt afterwards.)      Meantime we sucked at our 
juleps.           Wood added a fresh O Brienism.  Dr
Palmer (of the Tribune and  Up and Down the Ira-
waddy ) has just returned from Boston (probably
from concluding arrangements pertinent to his becoming
additional editor to the Atlantic) and reports O B
confined to his bed from a severe licking received at
the hands of a bar-tender, I think of the Tremont
House.   The Baron of Inchiquin s patrician eyes
were blacked, his aristocratic nose maltreated, etc.
By the way, I don t remember putting down another
anecdote, derived from Haney; relating how a shabby
and unfortunate boarding-house landlady had appear-
ed at Phillips and Sampson s (the publishers of the
Atlantic) to solicit the firm s interference in her
favor, with Mr O Brien.            To complete the sub-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page fifty-five
Description:Describes a tornado in New York City.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Palmer, Dr.; Rosenberg; Tornadoes; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Lispenard 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.