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        Rowing round the  Great Eastern. 
brero, his broad red face perspiring freely, the
thronged bar-room for back-ground it made
a picture.       Mort Thomson, by the bye, half an
hour before, had been telling Bellew and myself of the
success of his piece, declaring it would run another
fortnight, if the manager hadn t resolved to with-
draw it, thereby preventing him (Mort Thomson)
making upwards of $400.               To return.
Bellew and I crossed to Hoboken by the Bar-
clay Street ferry, returning to New York by that
landing at Christopher Street, getting a good view
of the monster steamship by the way.   When we
arrived at the pier alongside which she lay, it was
a busy scene, crowds of people, hot sunlight and
flying dust-clouds everywhere.  We took a boat and
were rowed round the great vessel, getting some
conception of her immensity thereby, though she is
so vast that one s ideas of size are confounded by
her.     While in the boat, the wind dashing the
spray over us, the steamer containing the Japanese
embassy, to day departing for their native country,
passed by.         Landing, I proposed a visit to the
adjacent baths and had a swim, though Bellew
didn t go in the water.    Parted about 4.    I to
my room.        Evening on the roof in the rear for
a smoke.      Phillips, Miss Trainque, Lizzie Wood-
worth, Boweryem and Warne (not the Rochester
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page sixty
Description:Describes looking at the Great Eastern with Frank Bellew.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Boweryem, George; Gayler, Charles; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Japanese; Phillips; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Warne; Woodward, Lizzie
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Barclay Street; Christopher Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29


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.