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              An overloaded Steamboat.
New York by the 6 o clock boat, which, being the
last one, was dangerously overcrowded   I never
saw a boat so much so   insomuch as I got
to the extreme stern end, in case of a capsize,
that I might have a chance for an unobstructed
swim.      Many passengers got off at Guttenberg,
preferring footing it to the presumed risk, and
we, at an uptown New York pier, which we were
not sorry to land at.           Loafing in the parlor
the rest of the evening.                       I miss
Cahill a good deal; more than I should have
fancied.   I was accustomed to the beggar and
he had so many likeable qualities.  Saying this
to Morris t other night;  Why, yes!  he an-
swered,  nobody else could get a word out of you
of late, so that I was quite jealous!  You d 
sit glum till he came in when you d immediate-
ly brighten up and sit chaffing with him for
half-an-hour together!     I hadn t noticed this.
  There s a cock-and-bull story that Ledger
has been seen recently in New York, the asser-
ters two guests at our Bal-Masque.   Our land-
lady came to me with it.
  25.  Monday.  Writing.  Morris up in the
afternoon.   Down-town.  Writing in the evening.
  26.  Tuesday.  To 10th street after breakfast,
with copy for Addey.   Saw him and Newman.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page fifty-one
Description:Regarding a ride on an overcrowded steamboat, and mentions that he misses Frank Cahill.
Date:1860-06-24
Subject:Addey; Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Newman; Transportation
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):10th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.