An Excursion to Fort Lee.
where we drank lager, looked at the Germans
and listened to Verdi s music.
22. Sunday. Damoreau and Dick up,
as appointed; with them to Haney s. There,
with him and Larrison waited on hour for
Jack Edwards; he not appearing all set off
for 30th street, where we took a boat and
Damoreau, Haney and Dick rowed us up
to Fort Lee, the two first doing the labor. A
pleasant swim in the Hudson. By 2, Ha-
ney and Larrison returned in the boat, leav-
ing the rest of us to an afternoon s loafing.
We ate sandwiches, drank lager, dozed on the
grass, ascended the cliff, looked at the holiday
folk dancing and sporting, and returned in
the 6 o clock boat, which brought us back to
the city by 8 . A meal at Pfaff s and
then we parted. Dick tells me that
Mrs Gardiner of Banbury is dead, which, and
an accession of money ensuing brought her son
Peter home from Canada. No news of
Morris, wherefore Paul is wroth and hath en-
gaged on Siddons as another editor. Morris
had $10 from Paul, giving but little in return.
Billington is in the country, visiting his parents.
He wrote to our landlady, apologizing for not
paying up, hoping &c &c. Frank Wood,
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirteen|
|Description:||Regarding an excursion to Fort Lee with Haney, Damoreau, and others.|
|Subject:||Billington; Bolton, Richard; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Edwards, John; Gardner, Mrs.; Gardner, Peter; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Larason; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Paul; Siddons, J.H.; Wood, Frank|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||30th Street|
|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.|