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	          Boweryem aboard.
for his first visit in a score of years or therea-
bouts.   Got a wash in the barber s saloon and
afterwards breakfast, I helping myself as over-
night, and like that, paying nothing for it.   (We
had offered, but the confusion prevented.)  On deck
again and at length found Frank Leslie.        He
was going ashore, for Philadelphia, so he gave me
$5, his ticket for a berth and a bottle of cham-
pagne and departed.      Meandering round, met
Boweryem, who had come aboard from Cape
May, leaving Mrs. Boley, Miss  Susy  Woodworth
and Phyte ashore, at a hotel, kept by a friend of
the former.    The party accompanied the  Great Eastern 
in the Delaware steamer.             Took a tour of obser-
vation with Boweryem, went below, had claret
and hooked oranges.      By negociation and bribery
with friendly nigger in charge of dormitories, procured
a sufficiency of chicken, ham, &c., for dinner, and
conveying it to my cabin (against all rules) with
the bottle of champagne we made a good dinner, sub-
sequently turning into separate berths for a couple
of hours snooze.       Others came in and went out.
On deck again, hither and thither.       Rondel and
friend returned from on shore, with reports of a
great crowd, extortionate Jerseymen, blinding sand,
nothing to eat at this place, a meal of ham, taken 
perpendicularly at another.  Anglo-Bostonian, want-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Describes an excursion aboard the Great Eastern.
Date:1860-07-31
Subject:Boley, Susan; Boweryem, George; Fite; Food; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leslie, Frank; Ocean travel; Rondel; Travel; Woodward, Susan
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.