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umbrellas under arm.  Crowds around, well-dressed men, and pretty 
women.  Return to dinner, and then out again, with Alfred and
Cross; up Broadway, more processioning and denser mob.  Tripler
Hall thronged, ditto Niblo s Theatre.  Having tickets proffered us entred
the latter.  Foote (the Senator who drew the Revolver on Benton) Orationizing.
Too dense a crowd shifting to and fro to hear aught, save now and then the
words  Liberty   Constitution  and the like.    Returned to Canal, and re-
mained there the rest of the day, save Waud who sallied out to the City
Hall to witness the rocket discharging and illuminations.  Egg flip and Cross s
accordion, on his return.
  23. Sunday. Morning walk on the Canal Street Dock and those ad-
junct with Alf; being glorious weather. Return, after a contemplative smoke.
He commences a portrait of Atchien, in his celestial cosume. I after a read
at  Punch  walk to Chapin s.  See the congregation depart, (how many
[word crossed out], delicious, kissable feminine feet were there that descended the 
steps;)
then walk back up Broadway to dinner.     Afternoon reading and dozing.
Walk with Cross and Alf, witnessing the sunset from the end of the
long dock. Water as smooth as oil, with a Turnerish effect on it, the west
a sea of pale gold with russet and purple hued clouds, sabbath calm all
around.          After supper leaving Alf writing out with Cross, called at 
Holts, and with Mr Hart to Chapins.    Congregation flocking out, as he
did not preache, being at Maine.   So a stroll up and down Broadway, a
cigar, a subsequently ale at Reade Street. Return by 10, and found
Alf on my bed, asleep.    Read two hours at Dante, then slept.
  24. Monday.   Rain sans intermission all day.  Drawing the drill
machines on the block.  Cross and Alf with me.  Alf in great glory, taking
portrait of little Mrs Dobson, down stairs.    Barth called, played ^|Euchre| [word 
crossed out]
with Cross, and dined with us.  Writing letters in the evening, and
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-three
Description:Mentions seeing Senator Foote giving a speech.
Date:1851-02-22
Subject:Atchien; Barth, William; Chapin, E.H.; Chinese; Cross; Dobson, Mrs.; Foote, Henry S.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Speeches; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Reade Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; 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.