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[newspaper clipping]
  NEARLY every one [word cut off]
the city finds occasion
at some to hail a
Bleecker-street car on
his way to the Twenty-
third-street or Fulton-
street Ferry.  If he
gets on at either end of
the line he makes up
his mind to go through
some of the hard lo-
calities of the west
side.  He shuts his
eyes from the scream-
ing, dirty crowd of chil-
dren and tries to forget
the odors that lie in wait for him.  After the car
turns off Broaway into Bleecker street he does not
look out until a rough twitch of the car announces
a sharp curve.  Then he lifts his eyes for a moment
to get his bearings and catches sight of a massive
brown-stone block on the south side of the street,
which stands in strange contrast to the surrounding
dilapidated buildings.  But the car has turned the
curve and the stately block is gone.
  In this way even old residents pass the historic
spot daily and wonder what the building was and
who once lived there.  But no one seems to know.
The car-driver says he never heard and the police-
man on post twirls his club stupidly as he answers
merely  Depau row.   Yet  Depau row  has had
its history and dates back to the days when Bleecker
street was the home of the most aristocratic families
of the city.  It has seen the time when it was one of
the most magnificent residences in New York.
[engraving of Depau Row]
          DEPAU ROW, IN BLEECKER STREET.
  It was at this time that M. Depau erected the
brown-stone block between Thompson and Sullivan
streets.  He was a Frenchman, and his ideas were bor-
rowed from the elegant mansions of his own country.
His plans were carefully drawn, and the edifice was
to be the most imposing structure in the city.  [The]
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page seventy
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the history of a house on Bleecker Street.
Subject:Depau; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Police
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway; Fulton Street; Sullivan Street; Thompson Street; Twenty-Third Street
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.