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length of me, both of which promise to prove excellent.  My sitting s taken
in the loft above; forming a fine atelier, one window, dormer, and con-
sequently Rembrandtish effect.
  29. Saturday.  Walk miscellaneous,  and Picton s portrait.  Down town
in the morning, calling on Roberts for the Drill picture which I had left in the 
earlier part of the week for engraving.  To Andersons where I found from
a paragraph in the Herald, placed in my hands by the  old man  that he
had obtained the Capitol premium.  Congratulations, explanation, declamation
and glorification thereon   he talked an hour consecutively.       /        A Sitting
to Alf in the afternoon.  Evening, at about 11, being with Alf, Cross and
Homer Hall playing whist, the fire bells tolling without prompt a peep at the
windows. A wide, angry red glare on the houses, so off we hurry.
Tramp, tramp. Fire! fire!! F I R E!     echoes through the still
night as on we go  a perfect streak.  Through a few bye streets north of Canal,
into Mercer, along that street we scamper. The glare redder, house blocks seem
with startling distantness, each brick visible.   We arrive at the corner of Houston
, it is Saint Thomas Church on fire, (a handsome stone edifice, the front in
Broadway.)  Flame pouring out along the roof, and gliding up one tower;
a crowd, though not a dense one, firemen hurrying out with piles of prayer 
books, M P s joining staves to keep intruders back.  Many  masheenes 
there and no lack of stout fellows to work them.  Little Cross we had out
run, so the trio stand and gaze, and admire and wonder.  Then a run
around to Broadway, through a street adown which a whirlwind of smoke
and fire sparkles and water drops rushed.    Arrived in front we see the
conflagration in all its dreadful beauty.  For the great central perpendicular
style window, is all on fire, a raging mass of lurid light within and fiery
tongues of flame darting along transom and interstice.  A Tower all in flame,
and another just on fire, and spreading rapidly.   A tall house on the right
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-five
Description:Describes a fire at Saint Thomas Church.
Subject:Anderson; Church buildings; Cross; Fires; Firemen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Picton, Thomas; Roberts; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Houston Street; Mercer Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.