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[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
commenced his journey.  He walked steadily and
cautiously, sometimes making a half pause, some-
times, but very rarely, stopping, and then only mo-
mentarily.  His pole swayed in the wind as he pro-
gressed, and the wheelbarrow was exposed to its
whole force, as could be plainly perceived from below
by its vibrations.  The final part of the journey must
have been unusually difficult and perilous, for the
path lay up hill.  He accomplished it, however, in

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
perfect safety, in less than twenty minutes.  Just
three more, and he had set out on his return, which,
as in the previous journey, was effected with greater
speed, the wind being, this time, in his favor.  A
cheer and clapping of hands welcomed his descent to
terra firma.
  M. Blondin proposes to go to England in the
spring, to exhibit his feats, if allowed, at the Syden-
ham palace.

[Gunn s diary continued]
  We saw Mr. Edwards momentarily; he had
brought two men with him.      Thomson return-
ed immediately, after the exhibition, Parton re-
maining and accompanying me to the hotel, to
be introduced to Blondin.       There we met Fon-
tin of the  Herald,  and others.        We rode back
together, he getting out at 18th street.          After
supper, did report, which Bowman took down-town,
he having to go thither, and so sparing me the
journey.        Chores, then to bed, earlier than usual.
  29.  Saturday.  To the corner of 13th street
and Broadway, calling at 745 for opera-tick-
ets by the way, when the shop had plenty of
customers in it and the girls seemed busy
enough.       Note-taking about a house just
built by one Gibson, a Scotchman, which, being
peculiar, I have to describe.        A cold, sunny
day.      Anon to Palace Garden.    Dinner and
down town, per omnibus, to  Courier  and  World 
offices, then up again, by rail-car, and to
Gibson s house again, this time examining
the interior.            Whitelaw was in this man s
employ when he came to this country, as I
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page twelve
Description:Describes witnessing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform.
Date:1860-09-28
Subject:Blondin, Charles; Bowman, Amos; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Fontin; Gibson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York herald.; New York world.; Parton, James; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):745 Broadway; 13th Street; 18th Street
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

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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.