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breakfast to the Post Office with letter for Alf, and Wall Street to Express Office.
Evening to Canall Street. No letters. Back, dull enough, calling at Duane.
Mr Hart s room closed, no one there.  Returned to Robinson, sate awhile in the
sitting room, then ascent to the one adjoining mine.  Two young fellows, one playing
banjo and violin, the other reading on of Reynold s filthily trashy novels.
  13. Tuesday.  Drawing all the morning. After dinner, having finished, to
Duane Street, and from thence with Mr Hart and Dillon to Chamber Street, where
I left the block with Roberts.  Then down Broadway, a crowd blocking the street
stores closed, and all being anticipation of the approach of the President and suite; he
having already landed at Castle Garden.  Taking over station at Judsons Hotel, we 
await the arrival.  Met little Stratton the Brooklyn Dentist.   Barth came up, but
seeing three feminines of his acquaintance joined them abruptly.  Dense array of folks
at windows, on horse tops, everywhere, a broiling hot day.  Pretty girls in balcony,
people lining the side-walks from the Battery to Irving House.   The procession ad-
vancing, and in an open chariot drawn by six horses sat Millard Fillmore. A
gentlemanly good humored face,   that of a man who has been well-looking, and
white haired.   In the succeeding vehicle sat Daniel Webster.  A keen, anxious
intellectual, square face, grey haired;    a notable man to gaze upon; energy
and hard intellect in every wrinkle.   Great parading afterwards of militia companies.
Adjourened to Sherwoods for a sherry cobler, then after awhile out again gazing
at the valiantly pespiring militia men.    I like the Continentals best, on account
of the historical association   In the Park.  Parted, and after supper I
joined them at Duane Street; and as agreed, we went to Brougham s Lyceum.
 London Assurance  played. How I recalled Mrs Nesbetts glorious laugh and
lovely face,   and Keeley s  Dolly Spanker .   The play, however is a scampishly
clever one, not over moral.  It was decently played  (Brougham I recollected as past
projector of the last year s  Bubble. )     Next  a row at the Lyceum    Dismal
enough, though from the incongruous nature of the piece it should have been mirth pro-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred
Description:Describes a parade for President Millard Fillmore's visit to New York.
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Brougham, John; Fillmore, Millard; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Military; Parades; Roberts; Stratton; Theater; Waud, Alfred; Webster, Daniel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Chamber Street; Duane Street; Robinson Street; Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, 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.