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	An abortive Balloon Ascent.
usual, he said he was too busy to call on me
and that he was  getting rich,  showing a rent
under his coat-sleeve in ironic corroboration  
from whence I infer that he is malcontent with
the Ill. News payments, as well as with all the
rest of the world.     His  wife  and family are
in Brooklyn, Mrs Jewell still in New Jersey.
Up-town.   By 4 P.M. to Jones  Wood again.
Arrived just as an accident had rendered the
proposed ascent abortive.   In inflating the
balloon with smoke, burnt straw was used, and
one of the articles   an old spirit cask-took fired, 
so to prevent the ignition of the balloon somebody
threw a pail of water over the lower portion of
it, when the wind rent it into tatters.        It was
constructed of brown Manilla paper, with verti-
cal strips of calico or linen, binding the sheets
together.    I found little Coppia the aeronaut,
a short, hook nosed, plump, black-haired French-
man in a state of annoyance and perspiration
about it.    The balloon hung from Blondin s
rope, like a prodigious collapsed gooseberry and
seemed in danger of total destruction by the wind.
Was addressed by Woodward and rode back
to town in company with him and Mort Thomson.
  Down town to the World Office in the evening to
see Marble, but the editorial rooms were deserted
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and thirty-three
Description:Describes seeing a failed attempt to see a hot air balloon go up.
Date:1860-09-15
Subject:Balloons; Clothing and dress; Coppia; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Marble; New York illustrated news.; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Woodward
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.