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	   Going to an Execution.
bustle and hum aboard, and a lively business
done in lager-beer and sandwiches.  The vessel
lay for a long time just beyond the dock, while
the hum and buzz and heat seemed to increase,
and all was expectation as to the arrival of
the prisoner.   Presently we heard of his being
taken to the cabin below, from whence Welden
emerged with the information that he, Hicks, had
 forgiven  the man who captured him!  Anon we
steamed up the river, past the Great Eastern,
and then, turning, directly to Bedloe s island,
arriving there at 11.       We of the press-going
populated the after-saloon, which, though full
enough, was hardly so crowded as the outer portion
of the  Red Jacket.  I never saw so many newspa-
per fellows together.    England of the  Tribune, 
Smith of the  Courier,  Strong of  Yankee Notions, 
and others, I gossiped with promiscuously.        Repor-
ters buzzed about busily, now booking items, now
comparing recollections as to former hangings, stand-
ing, sitting, in groups or looking out of the open
windows at the inquisitive faces, the bay, sun-
light and bright water.       Amidst us now and
tightly-buttoned, a look of conscious importance
and authority upon him.   Here, one of the physi-
cians dictated an accurately-spelt list of names, of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page ninety-four
Description:Describes going to witness the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island.
Date:1860-07-13
Subject:England; Executions; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hicks, Albert W.; Journalism; Smith, James L.; Strong; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.