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         Another Procession.      Nicholas.
is Tommy s wont, a fancy sketch of himself
in that capacity.   As the girls wrote notelets to him,
he responded in similar proportions.    Matty s and
Sally s, which I saw, are penned in the scrimp-
iest, most niggling of chirography, boyish and ite-
rative to the last degree and ill-spelled.         His
portrait represents him in volunteer costume, a
loose shirt (red flannel probably) and trousers,
gaiters a la Zouave and mandarin cap, a la
Anglais.    As far as could be judged from the
small size of the countenance, Nast is much
improved, grown more manly, his nose defined,
his whiskers sprouting.   Enough of him for the pre-
sent.                 We were all upstairs, at the door,
or in the shop front during the next hour or two,
Haney in one window, mostly with Mrs. Edwards,
Anne, her elderly beau, King in the other, and
sometimes George, the girls on the top-step of
the door, with Nichols (next to Sally) Mort.
Brown, Polhemus, and occasionally myself.  Nichols
is a goodlooking fellow, with dark hair and a 
moustache, and generally impresses one favorably.
Sally, got up handsome, and looking so, with orange-
colored opera cloak and bare-headed, was following
up her conquest in an artless manner.      I viewed
the spectacle from sundry points.      It was a long
procession, led by Rynders, boyish, raffish,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page seventy-two
Description:Describes a portrait of Thomas Nast.
Date:1860-10-23
Subject:Edwards, Ann; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, George, Jr.; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Edwards, Sarah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; King, William; Nast, Thomas; Nicholas, John G.W.; Parades; Polhemus; Rynders, Isaiah
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.