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                       A Night on Deck.
With Rondel and his crony again; anon with one
of Leslie s, or man who had known Levison and
who recognized me.   As the evening drew on, we
two secured mattrasses and presently lay down
on them, in the aft-part of the deck.   But a party
of singers made sleep next to impossible, so, at
my companions request, by about 11 o clock, I
accompanied him below, into the ladies  saloon.
There we stretched our mattrasses in the space
between two long tables, in common with a dozen
others.   But the place was so insufferably hot, that
though I stripped, I could not sleep.        A good-hu-
mored, foolish drunken fellow, seated on one of
the tables, kept up a foolish talking all the time,
offering $2..50 for ice to dilute his hospitality.
On deck again, I presently found a clear, quiet spot,
and taking boots and coat off, lay looking at the
  {31.  Tuesday       clouds and night until I fell
asleep and so remained for a couple of hours.
But the  blocks  from the chimney stirred me &
after a detour round the vessel to look at the sleep-
ers, I lay down again in another place which I
retained till a slight rain-storm at day-break drove
me under an awning.   Was rather out of sorts in
the morning, but found Rondel and his friend, who
had passed a wretched night of it, especially the
latter, an English-born Bostonian, in New York
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and twenty-five
Description:Describes an excursion aboard the Great Eastern.
Date:1860-07-30
Subject:Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Levison; 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.