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10. Monday.	Getting together drawings &c in the morning.
To New York in the afternoon, to Longs for letter introductory. Then 
a call at Bobbett and Edmonds, then to Jersey. To New York again
at 1/2 past 4, Joe accompanying to see me off for Philadelphia. Ferry
boat delayed half an hour, in consequence of an influx of passenger from the
Rail.	Arrival at length on the opposite shore,   ran like a man pur-
sued by the devil or a bailiff.	   Steamer not gone, nor did go for
some three quarters of an hour, during which time I sat on the deck
devouring peaches, gazing alternately at Joe on the dock, and the crowd
of Emigrants, Scottish, Irish, German and English, around me. Ceaseless
ringing of bells and swearing.	  Off at last.   Lovely sunset, not a
cloud on the face of the intense blue.	  Staten Island again in all its 
beauty.	    Smoked a couple of cigars or so, then went below. Men sitting
lying, leaning, everywhere.	Organ grinding, nigger dancing.	At 8,
all off the boat and in the Rail   a dreary waiting hour.	Then scream,
jolt, on we go.	  Thus till 1, listening to the  patois  of Irish, dutch
quarrels and querulousness.	Then embarkation again   on a fine
large steamer yclept the  Burlington.  But we did not start until after
a mortal delay of three hours, passed in a most dreary state twixt
sleep and awake.	Below, the place mobbed.	There a bet, till a 
drunken Irishman beginning to vomit sent me on deck, where I lay
down, carpetbag for pillow, mid bales and boxes.	Walked up
and down the latter part of the voyage. Partly in company with an
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twenty-five
Description:Describes traveling by steamboat and rail to Philadelphia.
Date:1849-09-10
Subject:Bobbett and Edmonds (New York, N.Y.); Food; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Greatbatch, Joe; Immigrants; Long; Railroad travel; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; Staten Island, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.