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	      After the Execution.
cut down, however   or rather untied   until
within twenty minutes of noon.  Then followed
a general tendency to be confidential; strangers
addressed each other, interchanged opinions and
agreed that everything was very creditably per-
formed.    Rynders was complimented and
told us that he had offered the prisoner the
opportunity of making a dying speech ( addressing
the citizens present,  he said   a phrase smack-
ing of Tammany) which was declined.   By
noon or soon afterwards we got aboard &
the boats began to disperse, one steamer firing
off a couple of guns as a farewell salute.
We steamed back to the city in lively manner,
some incidents diversifying the route.      A
fellow was brought aboard in a half insensible
state, and some sympathy expressed for him,
under the impression that he had received a sun-
stroke.   But a physician being sent for, he com-
menced throwing water over and slapping his face
in an energetic manner, which medical treatment
proved successful.      The man was drunk.
One Campion, or some such name, an Irish-
man and reporter for the Herald organized a
meeting in the saloon in order to propose a vote
of thanks (!) to Rynders and made a perfectly
well-intentioned but exceedingly hobbling speech, a
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page ninety-eight
Description:Describes the scene after the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island.
Subject:Campion; Executions; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hicks, Albert W.; Physicians and surgeons; 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.