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	  Hicks the  Pirate  and Murderer.
himself and fellows, to a reporter.     There, a humpy
man scored away phonographically.    Some did a
little cheap moralizing in talk, others joked, all
were very hot and relieved when the green sloping 
bank of the island appeared.    Then Rynders made
a bit of a speech, bidding all non-reportorials to
go ashore, the physicians to follow.   About a dozen
claimed the latter denomination!    Agreable to direc-
tion, we then formed a lane, one man deep, through
which the murderer was conducted from cabin
to landing place.    Just then the boat presented a
singular appearance, deserted elsewhere, save for
these two rows of expectant spectators, everything
quiet aboard but the noise of letting off steam;
outside, in the bright, hot sunlight, the cries of
a great concourse awaiting the appearance of the
doomed man.      He marched between the officials,
his hands tied before him, drest in a coat and
trousers of light blue, but no waistcoat, and a
black cap.    A tall, spare fellow, broadshouldered
though, with a down-east Yankee face, bearded,
with shaven upper lip, and looking serious enough
  as though he saw nothing about him.    When
he got out the crowd hooted, but with only tempo-
rary execration.      It was a bright, lively scene,
a perfect flotilla of boats lying out to witness
the spectacle, steamers, row-boats, barges, and,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page ninety-five
Description:Describes going to witness the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island.
Subject:Clothing and dress; Executions; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hicks, Albert W.; Journalism; Rynders, Isaiah
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.