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	    A great Political Meeting
run in families? when he encounters Cahill,
which cousin shall be entitled to cast a stone at the
other?           At 5, to report the proceedings of the
Board of Aldermen.       There, sleek, stout and
curly-bearded, in office and reading aloud the minu-
tes, I found Morford, whom I once knew as a wri-
ter of $3 stories on the  Picayune,  anon as tempo-
rary hack to Scoville, more recently as editor of
the  Leader  and poet.    He seemed a jolly, pleasant
fellow and I m glad of his prosperity.              Back
to the office with report.       By 9 turned out to
attend the  Union  meeting, again at the Cooper
Institude.    Calcium lights, belching cannon, tar-
barrels blazing, stands for speaking, a crowd 
and a procession with bells, lanterns and uniforms.
Met Nagle and John Pyne there, both of whom
are of the party, the former, I think, a pro-
fessional politician.     In Broadway, on the
steps of 745, saw Mrs. Edwards, Miss Anne,
Jack and Matty, looking at the procession.   Mat-
ty asked  if I had been to the opera ?  Down-town
to the office by 10   and there, up the weary
stairs into the hot reporter s room, where I
wrote, in misery till 1 A.M. then out into the
night and into the cars, dog-tired, ill and
wretched.
  18.  Tuesday.  Office by omnibus.     To the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and thirty-six
Description:Describes attending a political ''Union'' meeting at the Cooper Institute.
Date:1860-09-17
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nagle, James P. (Watt); Pyne, John; Scoville, Joe; Seymour, Charles (Bailey)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.