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	      Cleared from this Port. 
a sufficiently spacious cabin and were soon joined
by Hamilton and Haney.       Banks went off to
the latter s office and to Harper s to get books for
Bellew, and presently returned.    Last came O Brien,
looking much better than he has of late.     The
usual delay in getting a sailing-vessel off, and
by 1 or 2 we hauled out into the stream.      Desul-
tory talk and looking-on, bread and cheese, ale
and porter below, anon a bottle of brandy on deck.
Day overcast and squally, promising rain.   Most
of the crew had come aboard drunk and we wit-
nessed a certain amount of the brutality which
underlies our half-civilization, in the way of beat-
ing and worse.      There was a savage fight too
between two of the crew, which with what had
preceded it, induced a man to jump overboard.
 Here goes for One!  he said, making a clear
dive into the water and swimming out splendidly.
He had timed it well, for a boat was passing,
which presently took him in   not before he had
shouted from the river bidding ship or ship-tyrants
to go to hell!        Three minutes after another splash
announced another sailor overboard.   He had a
desperately long swim for it, would, I think, have
gone to the bottom, for, at last, he had thrown his
hands up in helpless fashion, if the shouts we
uttered had not attracted the notice of men aboard
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and seventy-two
Description:Describes witnessing fights among the sailors on the ''Devonshire,'' resulting in several sailors jumping overboard.
Date:1860-08-21
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Devonshire (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hamilton; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Sailors
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.