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          Grizzly Adams  and his Bears.
show, where were a dozen or so of the
animals, of various sizes, from the immense
 grizzly  of the Rocky Mountains, to small-
pig-proportioned ones, in a large cir-
cle, with a highly picturesque  California
hunter and trapper,  yclept old Adams,
as their exhibitor.   He had a huge gray-
grizzled beard, was dressed in a rough
suit of home spun and a hat like a compro-
mise between a sailor s sou-wester and a
 Californian  wide awake.       His left arm was
in a sling, from the effects of a recent attack
of one of his pets, a formidable-looking brute
truly.        The man went among the bears with
a huge whip, made  em stand up and
do antics.     He talked very western, with a
simplicity of accent quite na ve and suggestive.
It was a good show generally.        Met Miss
Anne Edwards and the man who will
change that name for her, if ever man do.
Rather  cousin Feenixy  in appearance.    To
745.        The girls, Jack and Knudsen, papa
and mamma Edwards out at the theatre, 
seeing the  Colleen Brown,  which the rest of the
family  assisted  at, last night.              Talking
with Sally and anon Matty.                To the Opti-
mus with Haney subsequently.         He has not
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and ninety-five
Description:Describes seeing a bear show put on by ''Grizzly'' Adams.
Date:1860-05-03
Subject:Adams (bear keeper); Clothing and dress; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
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.