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	Up the Hudson.   Friends  aboard.
and off by 5   or five minutes latter.    A run to
6th Avenue car, and down town.   Got to the pier
some three minutes after the boat had left, rushed
aboard the Albany one, just on the point of start-
ing.     Secured top-berth aft, strolled about and
in a narrow passage by the ladies  saloon, came
suddenly upon   Jim Parton!       He told me that
he was going to Rochester, that Fanny, Grace and
Mort Thomson were aboard, that he had learnt that
Haney, Jack and Matty had started by the Troy boat,
as Welles had seen them off, subsequently coming to him.
After five minutes talk we parted, I to a comfort-
able supper below.   (They do meals restaurant-fash-
ion now   very different from boat-practice, ten
years ago.)    Loafing afterwards.   When eighty or
ninety miles up the river, again encountered Parton
in the after-deck, and smoked and chatted with
him for half an hour.  Fanny, Grace and Thomson
were near us, which I didn t observe until Jim
mentioned it, at parting.   A slight room-storm, directly-
afterwards, drove the whole party in, when I had the
satisfaction of surveying them, as I sat in an arm-
chair, newspaper in hand.          Fanny looked haggard,
and held Jim s arm, as though she were his jailor.
Grace, in a hat and feather, with her hair grown
long again, looked tall and handsome.   Read and
smoked awhile, turning in about 10, to sleep
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes his journey by boat to Albany.
Date:1860-08-03
Subject:Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Travel; Welles, Edward
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.