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             The Cells and their Occupants.
Washington, Jackson and Lafayette.     One side
is railed off, behind which is a desk and
official appurtnances, among them a cupboard or
case containing pistols, sling-shots, murderous-
looking knives and dirks, skeleton keys and other
articles, taken from prisoners, some of them
with labels indicating their once proprietors.  Doors
to the right and left led to the cells or the quar-
ters of the police.    At the invitation of the presi-
ding serjeant, a good-looking, intelligent man we
descended to the former, under charge of an offi-
cial.        Down a staircase, across a yard, we
are piloted to ten or twelve cells with gratings for
doors, whitewashed walls, no furniture, and
wooden floors, slightly elevated at one end.  The
passage between them is lit with gas.           There
was a drunken Irishman with his face hideous-
ly cut and bleeding in one, three young fellows
lying fast asleep in a second, two prostitutes
in a third.          One of the women came to the 
grating and talked with wretched bravado and
discordant laughter, calling Boweryem a  cock-
roach  at which he laughed, too, more shrilly than
pleasantly.      The Irishman was confusedly re-
monstrative.     We were found here by Serjeant
Williams, my Wednesday s acquaintance.       A
broad, sturdy, resolute looking man, in uniform.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and twenty
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; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Police; Prisoners; Shepherd, N.G.; Williams, Sergeant; Women
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.