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	Reportorial.   Blondin s Egotism.
  14.  Sunday.  A ceaselessly wet day and
cold withal.  Sitting in my room with a shawl
wrapped round my legs for warmth, writing
account of the Firemen s parade, from 11
A. M. till nearly 9 P. M. the rain driving
furiously against the window-panes and making
a transparent blotch on the blind,
where a pane is broken.    Boweryem with me
part of the time and all the evening.      At 9
turned out, down town in 6th Avenue car, slip-
ped M.S. into  World  letter-orifice and re-
turned up-town in the same manner, the rain
never pausing and everything dreary enough.
  15.  Monday.  Office.  But half my article
in paper, the rest probably crowded out, though
praised.  Stedman suspicious about it.    Off
up-town.  In the afternoon to Burton s book
auction, anon to Jones  Wood to witness
Blondin s final performance for the season.
This consisted of his walking in stilts along
his rope, which he effected in twenty minutes
space, traversing the rope before and after
in his usual manner.     I was with him while
dressing when the beggar talked about nothing
but himself, his feats and general impor-
tance.     Met Mort Thomson after, a  Sun 
reporter and was introduced to Harry Jen-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page fifty-seven
Description:Describes seeing Charles Blondin's final performance in New York for the season.
Date:1860-10-14
Subject:Blondin, Charles; Boweryem, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jennings, Harry; Journalism; New York world.; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Tightrope walking
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.