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	  Blondin s Performances.
Cahill! wherever you are I hope its not
very hard with you.    You were kind to me
when I was nervous and miserable and I
don t forget it.                    It is raining heavily.
  21.  Friday.  Bowman back from seven
weeks roughing it in Canada.  Office, para-
graphing &c.       At 12 to report a primary school
meeting in the 3rd ward; an hour listening to
the children at their exercises.  Back to office;
did report, then up town to dinner.    Larason
came after, as appointed; with him first to
his residence, where I saw his wife, baby and
Mrs Levison; then to Jones  Wood to witness
Blondin s second New York performance.  The
taller pole had been lowered about twenty feet
and the rope drawn taut, hence he was enabled
to proceed this time, the entire distance.  This
he did bareheaded, diversifying his progress by
standing on his head, suspending himself head down-
wards, by one arm &c.        On reaching the farther
pole he rested for ten minutes, then blindfolded
himself with a scarf or white handkerchief, then
put over his head and body a sack, reaching
to his knees, with holes made for his arms,
and thus accoutred set out on his return,
which he accomplished in safety in twenty
minutes.         Woodward was on the ground
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Describes seeing Charles Blondin perform on the tightrope.
Date:1860-09-20
Subject:Blondin, Charles; Bowman, Amos; Cahill, Frank; Children; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Larason; Larason, Mrs.; Levison, William, Mrs.; Tightrope walking; Woodward
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Jones' Wood
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.