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                      Supper on Board.
I met Leslie aboard within half an hour of
my embarkation, and with him, two or three of
his acquaintances.    At his invitation we all adjourn-
ed below for champagne, just before which I had
recognized Rondel, with a friend, whom I found
again subsequently, two hours later, ascending up
the rigging with them, to the main-top, where we had
a grand view of the scene   as memorable a one as
any I have witnessed.      Some dozen others were in
the same elevation position.     A goodhumored Eng-
lish sailor came up with orders to dislodge us; only
our party obeyed him, when we sat on the rattlins
a good while.     Removing the tar from our hands by
the application of butter, below, we took sundry drinks
and presently I lost my companions, in time chan-
cing on Leslie and party again.     Outside of Sandy
Hook we descended to get supper.      The saloon
densely crowded, as see context; we had to wait,
obtaining nothing but champagne, till Leslie s 
patience was exhausted, when he moved to another
table.     Here, by the foray s of a half-drunk acquain-
tance of Leslie, baked by my rescuing a chicken 
from under the knives of the carvers, we procured
a tongue, a lobster (which was too bad to be eaten)
bread and butter and presently beef, which sufficed
to make a decent meal.    On deck again   hither &
thither   losing and finding people amidst the crowd.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes an excursion aboard the Great Eastern.
Date:1860-07-30
Subject:Carpendale; Food; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Ocean travel; Rondel; Travel
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.