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                Back to New York again.
die and be forgotten, while beautiful, insensible
nature will keep on presenting the same scene to the
fresh young hearts of hundreds of years to come.
I hate to think of it!           I can t bear to think of
it!                     The cars   an express train  
were crowded.   I got Eliza a seat, but some of
our party, the girls, had to stand, as they were in
the next car and couldn t risk stepping across, while
the train was in motion.    After I had done so, once
or twice, on gaining a seat which some good fellow
gave me, opposite to Eliza, the thought came to me
what a horror and agony the day would have closed
in for all of us, if one of the girls had tried and
got killed.  I swear I would have been torn and
rent and lacerated out of existence rather than
it should have happened to any one of them!  But
the fancy subsided and I was very happy and
thankful.     It was a happier day than I have had
for a long time   I don t think it included one dull
or disagreeable minute.  We were at the house for
half an hour, when I went, through the now subsi-
dingly-explosive streets, homewards.
  5.  Thursday.   Writing till 1.  Bowman up. (He
left us to board in Jersey a day or so ago.)   Out
in the afternoon, to make purchases in Canal Street.
Had commenced working in the evening when Bowery-
em was summoned by Paul, whom he subsequently
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes the train ride back to New York from Nyack on the Fourth of July.
Date:1860-07-04
Subject:Boweryem, George; Bowman, Amos; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fourth of July; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Paul; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal 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.