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Canal, up Broadway, passing Saint Thomas  Church with the blackened walls
there standing, and smoke and smother within.     At length out on the ave-
nue.  Hi-hi!  G lang!  What y r about now. Y r can t do northen.
Go In Lemmons!  G lang now, by Thunder!  Whoop! Go In or
break a leg!      More buggys, and traps of all sorts, hurry skurry, many
we pass, some few pass up.    Two mules in a jiffy.   Arrive at a little Hotel
divers vehicles of marvellous lightness of build in shed-yard adjacent, and their
masters imbibing within or lounging without, gazing on the road, and criticising
the vehicles spinning past.   A  whiskey-skin  a cigar and off again.  G lang
now!   Another six or seven mules,  then strike across into a quieter Avenue.
Cedar trees, grass, now and then a glimpse of the East River, now at
the North.   Through steep country lanes, white houses, and gentlemans man-
sions scattered about, or gemming the road side.    Washington village, and
a bottle of porter in little Dutch tavern, in a parler, by a log-fire, with 
a musical clock, the which Cross insisting on being set going, and the good
tempered Dutch wife complying, it discoursed marvellous music, and divers figures
above whirled round to the imaginary music of two attendant clarionet players.
  Off again. [word crossed out].   Harlem, and leaving our vehicle in charge
of a nigger boy we descended the steps placed adown the steep banks of the 
river, and cross the High Bridge. A fine work, over 100 feet high, for
the conveyance of the Croton River to New York;   to my thinking the variations
in the size of the arches on one side is not in good taste.   A pleasant winding
river, glistening in the sun light, banks covered here and there by close brush
wood, or grassy banks, little white houses peeping out in the distance. On
the other side, a rushing noise of water in one of the towers, where was an Irish
man selling prints of the Bridge.     At the Hotel, and more imbibition and
fumigation.   Then return to buggy and a speedy, and somewhat chilly though
pleasant drive back to Canal.     Dillon Mapother had called on the after
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-seven
Description:Describes a day out driving a horse and buggy with Cross.
Date:1851-03-02
Subject:Church buildings; Cross; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Horses; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal 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.