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	The Fourth Ward Station House
have publicly and grossly insulted him, which
is probable enough, as Leslie is an unmistakeable
coward   as I judge is his antagonist.          Half
an hour previous, at the threshold of Crook and
Duff s, I had heard Brightly bragging on t other
side, how if he met the Rawlings  he should
probably  kill  them pugilistically.   Which Bright-
ly was once knocked down by a man everyway
his inferior, in an engraver s office, in Damo-
rean s presence, when he picked himself up and
  sneaked off.         A nauseous crowd generally.
  Writing Gurney article during the afternoon;
to his office after tea, before which Haney had
arrived.       Set off in company with him, Damo-
rean, Shepherd and Boweryem, down-town,
to the 4th Ward station.   It was a night worthy
of the occasion, close, clammy and rainy, promi-
sing a drenching sequel and keeping its promise.
Arrived at our destination, half an hour later than
I had appointed, we found our police serjeant
was abroad on duty, so for an hour we whiled
away the time as we best might, in the office,
at the open windows, on the piazza, looking out at
the black night and the rain.         The house, built
for its present purpose, lies a little back from
the vile street, the principal room being spacious,
its walls ornamented by full length portraits of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Describes a visit to the Fourth Ward Police Station with George Boweryem, Jesse Haney, Charles Damoreau, and N. G. Shepherd.
Date:1860-09-08
Subject:Boweryem, George; Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gurney; Haney, Jesse; Leslie, Frank; Police; Rawlings, Augustus; Shepherd, N.G.
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.