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                   Over the  Great Eastern. 
talked to Sally for the best part of the evening. Left
at 11  , Haney accompanying me to the  Optimus  sub-
sequently.
  25.  Wednesday.  To the  Great Eastern,  finding
Sally, Matty and Haney on the paddle-box, looking out
for me.      Over the vessel, up-stairs and down, the
day torridly-hot, the crowd immense.  (17,000 per-
sons visited the ship during the day, as we read
subsequently.)     Had Matty under my convoy part
of the time, anon Sally.      Lost our two companions
on their descending into the engine-room, we failing
to effect the same, in consequence of the crowd.    Ex-
plored as much as we could, promenaded the deck
for half an hour, then left at 11  .      Saw Sally
home, through leafy, deep-green Washington Square,
having ice-cream by the way.     Found Matty already
at home, in the store, her mother there, and cus-
tomers.    The hot, idle noon-tide without, the store
with its chance perspective of sewing-girls and the
two girls themselves made a pleasant picture, one 
I liked to linger in for ten minutes.      Matty has cut
off a good deal of her hair recently, as it was
growing thin about the middle parting, and now
wears the severed portion in a long plait affixed
to the rear, beneath a pretty net.    Her face bears
it well enough; she can t look otherwise than pretty.
As she stood laughing and talking, in her neat
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes visiting the Great Eastern ship with Jesse Haney and Matty and Sally Edwards.
Date:1860-07-24
Subject:Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington Square
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.