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I found him in the latter, feeding his animals,
some of which were the illest-looking canine brutes
conceivable, with marks of conflicts, late and
recent on their physiognomies.      Jennings showed
me all his establishment, introduced me to sundry
dogs and rats and extemporized a fight between
a raccoon and a terrier for my edification.     Down
stairs I saw the rat-pit, dog-stables, dogs and
doggy men, passing an extraordinary morning
which I must do up in detail.           Left at 1.
After dinner, down-town to office, missed Croly,
out for an hour, returned, saw him, up-
town, tired.    Stedman called in the evening,
just as I was turning out, to report the Academy
of Medecine and the Burton library-sale.   He
had dropped in at the latter and told me parti-
culars, sparing me that visit.   Left him in
Boweryem s room with its occupant and Stockton,
went to Academy, then down Waverly Place (how
I longed for half an hour s drop in at 745, to
see a few kind faces, into omnibus and so to
the dreary office down town.  Wrote items and re-
turned by 11  , lonely and tired.
  18.  Thursday.  Office.  Up town again, to the
1st avenue, to one Mc Laughlin, a  sporting 
landlord, keeper of the other pit where dogs fight
in New York.   Returning to dinner found a
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page sixty-one
Description:Describes a visit to Harry Jennings at Peck Slip.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Croly; Dogfighting; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jennings, Harry; Journalism; McLaughlin; New York world.; Stedman, Edmund Clarence; Stockton
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):745 [Broadway]; 1st Avenue; Waverly Place
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.