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	Blondin s Performance.
  28.  Friday.  Office and to the  Courier  one;
anon to Haney s, where I saw him and Mr. Ed-
wards, gave the latter tickets to Blondin s exhi-
bition, and sent the opera ones to Sally.    It was
her turn.   Haney had to go to Newark, so couldn t
to Jones  Wood.    At F. Leslie s met Watson
the ex-engraver and saw J. A. Wood.    Up town.
Chores.    To Palace Garden by 3  , then by 3rd
avenue car to Jones  Wood.    Met Colcord at the
entrance.      Was talking to little Coppia, the
aeronaut, about his balloon, when Parton and
Mort Thomson appeared.       With them awhile,
and subsequently with Parton, losing Thomson
once or twice in the crowd, which rushed-toget-
her, to witness the ascent.      Here s the detail of it.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  Blondin s third exhibition took place yesterday af-
ternoon, when an audience of perhaps a thousand per-
sons were present within the grounds, and fifteen
hundred without, for, unfortunately and unfairly
for the ingenious Frenchman s pocket, it has been
discovered that the northern border affords an ex-
cellent gratuitous view of the entire performance,
of which curious and unpecunious citizens were not
slow in availing themselves.  Those who did pay
constituted an eminently respectable and even
fashionable assemblage, many private carriages
thronged with ladies being present.  In pursuance
of his plan of heightening the attraction of each
successive performance, Blondin yesterday under-
took to wheel his barrow from pole to pole, over a
space of a thousand feet of rope.
  At 4:50 he appeared in his carriage, bareheaded,
and dressed in a close-fitting green tunic, tights, and
shoes.  Being driven to the bottom of the shorter
pole, he mounted quickly by means of the ladder to
its summit, and then, taking his pole in both hands,
walked out briskly upon the rope, the band playing

[newspaper column: second column]
all the time.  When he had progressed about five
hundred yards, he stood upon his head, turned a
somerset a feat which only the happy ignorance
of the spectators enables them to contemplate with
the complacency they display extended himself,
face upwards, at full length upon the rope, allowed
his arms and legs to hang downward while in that
position, dangled them to and fro, recovered himself
suddenly, stood erect, and continued his journey.
Presently he was seen sitting sideways, anon proceed
ing at rapid dancing pace towards the farther pole.
He slackened his speed, however, as he approached
it for the wind was evidently blowing fiercely.  At
ten minutes to five he reached the pole, having oc-
cupied about fifteen in the transit.  He returned al-
most immediately in a more rapid manner, some-
times verging on a run.  Then, without resting, he
immediately prepared himself for the barrow per-
  The barrow is composed of thin wood, of orna-
mental shape, painted and gilded.  With the handles
fastened on either side of him, a little below his
waist, and holding his balance pole as before, he re-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page eleven
Description:Describes witnessing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform.
Subject:Blondin, Charles; Colcord, Harry; Coppia; Edwards, George; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; New York world.; Parton, James; Tightrope walking; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Watson, John; Wood, John A.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Newark, [New Jersey]
Scan Date:2010-04-26


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.