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	 Gladdy Gouverneur.      A Procession.

[newspaper clipping continued: first column]
resist even scalding water.  Such cabinets have, we
are informed, sold for sixty to eighty dollars each in
Hong Kong, and Chinese seaports.
  There are innumerable chow-chow boxes, contain-
ing full sets of trays, plates, etc., such as are used
by Japanese princes and noblemen.  Many are un-
usually elaborate and curious, being fashioned to
resemble houses, junks, and the like.  These, with
the writing, smoking and cigar boxes, constitute a
large proportion of the invoice.
  The writing boxes contain the receipt from which
the ink is manufactured.  The smoking boxes are
such as those commonly used in Japan, but of the 
richer description, most of the receptacles for fire
being of solid silver.  Such boxes passed round the 
table after dinner, with the accompaniment of
cigars, are becoming familiar to our merchants in
China.  The drawers ordinarily contain different
brands of cigars, a piece of charcoal supplying
means of ignition.  There are, too, many cigar
cases of rattan work, of a very durable description.
The sake bottles also invite attention.  They com-

[newspaper clipping continued: second column]
monly contain the spirit of the country, and will
make pretty and unique parlor ornaments.
  The handkerchief and glove boxes are of the
richest old lacquer, very highly ornamented.  This
ware is most prized and sought after, next to the
cabinet work.
  The porcelain ware excels that of China, the in-
habitants of that flowery country preferring it to their
own manufacture.  Nothing like it is known else-
where for delicacy of material and beauty of con-
struction.  There are punch and salad bowls, melon
dishes, dinner, dessert and cheese plates, and cups
and saucers without number, all ornamental and of
the finest porcelain.  Add to the above jewelry and
snuff boxes, caskets of all sorts and sizes, card trays,
shawl cases, toys, pictures, puzzles, bird cages, tools,
bows and arrows, chains, trinkets, imitation shells
and fishes (all of the brightest colors), pictures with
figures in relief, and Japanese knick-knacks of every
conceivable and inconceivable description, and our
readers may form some idea of the exhibition now
on view at 594 and 596 Broadway.

[Gunn s diary continued]
  Then down-town with it.   Met  Gladdy  Gill
or Gouverneur, crossing the park, who told me
he had head from Rawson.       He is at Grey-
town, Nicaragua, or rather up the country,
searching after india-rubber trees, their valuable
part to be consigned to the house in which his bro-
ther is clerk or apprentice.      Gladdy  boards in the
city; his mother has returned to Niagara.            Up-
town by crowded 6th avenue car.     Turned out
after supper to see the  Wide Awake  procession,
making my way through crowded Broadway
to 745.      The steps blockaded, the windows full,
and a good many people throughout the house.
In the store I found Mr. and Mrs Edwards,
Miss Anne, and around, Knudsen, Jack, Mr.
George Edwards, his wife, Jessie, Mort Brown
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page nineteen
Description:Mentions meeting Gladdy Gouverneur and hearing news of Rawson Gill.
Date:1860-10-03
Subject:Auctions; Brown, Mortimer; Edwards, Ann; Edwards, George; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, George, Jr., Mrs.; Edwards, John; Edwards, Sarah; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Adolphus (""Gladdy""); Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Knudsen, Carl Wilhelm
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Greytown, Nicaragua; Niagara, [New York]
Coverage (Street):745 Broadway
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

Volume
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.