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	Going to See a Man Hanged.
nous, angry, dusky red aspect, volumes of
sullen firy smoke, such as might crown the 
citadel of Dante s Dis, obscuring all the hori-
zon.       Got home about 2.          Rawson Gill
has gone to Central America again.  His brother
is at Niagara with their mother.
  12.  Thursday.  Writing.  Larrison came by
noon; down town with him to Nic-nax Office for
blocks, then to P. O. and elsewhere.   Up town.  Did
drawing on wood in the evening.
  13.  Friday.  After breakfast, to the foot of Ca-
nal Street, having yesterday received a ticket ad-
mitting me to the execution of Hicks alias Johnson
the pirate and murderer, to be hanged to-day on
Bedloe s Island, the first public spectacle of that
sort here, it is said, for twenty-nine years.       At
the end of the old Collins dock, by 9 o clock, a
crowd of perhaps a thousand persons had gathered
together, officials, reporters and hangers on to the
municipal government, all of whom, myself included,
presently went aboard the steamer Red Jacket, char-
tered for the purpose in hand.       Among the news-
paper men were many I knew, the first of whom
I recognized was Welden, with him Garland, Webb
and Armstrong, all of the  N.Y. Times.    Joined
their party.     The day a beautiful one, bright,
sunny and sultry, the boat crowded.   A great
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page ninety-three
Description:Describes going to witness the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island.
Subject:Armstrong; Executions; Fires; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (''Gladdy''); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hicks, Albert W.; Journalism; Larason; Webb (reporter); Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal 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.