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          How to spend the Fourth of July
and out with Bob through the explosive streets
to 745.  Folks just going to start.       Into carriage
with Mr and Mrs Edwards, Jack, and Matty, the latter,
in pink-spotted dress, wide brimmed round hat,
rosy cheeks and good humor.     Bob Gun on roof
or beside driver.    Other folks in another carriage
ahead of us.       Arrival at Jay or Hammond St
pier and embarkation aboard the crowded Ar-
menia.    Haney, Welles, Rees and his sister,
the girls, Miss Ann Edwards and presently
a Captain Worth with wife and little daughter.
A thinnish, sunburnt man, who had brought
things from the girls at San Francisco to their
father and got an invitation to join us.          He
had been in China and the East, Madagascar,
Arabia and elsewhere, told stories and proved
himself an acquisition and a good fellow.  Off up
the river, the inevitable Calliope playing the inevi-
table patriotic tunes.    Smoking, loafing, chat.
Bob and I got breakfast below; more smoking,
loafing, chat &c.       Day bright and breezy, flags
flying; passed the Great Eastern.     Our party in
groups at fore-part of the boat.      From this to
that, generally social time.    Talk with Sally, who
reckoned up her recent companion Rees, in one calm
and concise epithet.    Chaff about last 4th of July,
talk of the little sketcher of the Garibaldi revolution,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-six
Description:Describes a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and others on the Fourth of July.
Subject:Clothing and dress; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, George; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Fourth of July; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Music; Nast, Thomas; Reese; Reese, Miss; Welles, Edward; Worth, Captain; Worth, Miss; Worth, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.