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	     Harry Jennings. 
Harry Jennings  establishment in the afternoon,
which he did.   Went there again in the evening
with Boweryem, or rather he joined me there.
The bar-room crowded and the concourse ascend-
ing to the theatre.    This is a spacious room lit
by two cupolas and an equal number of windows,
twelve or more circular seats radiating upwards
from the central pit, which is devoted to  ca-
ning sports.      The seats are mere benches, open
below; there are also galleries.     Some three
hundred men and boys had assembled, among
them some brutal and villanous faces certainly,
but these did not constitute the majority.     There
were some  fast men,  handsomely dressed, present,
but the bulk consisted of such fellows as might
have been stable-hangers on, hack-drivers, keep-
ers of low bar-rooms and the like.       The place
smelt abominably doggy and ratty, as it always
does.    Outsiders, belonging to the audience were
trying their dogs on rats, four of which, turned
loose in the pit, invited attack.   Some dogs
proving craven, were hissed and derided, others
applauded, though the best of these ignoble terriers
only destroyed the quartette of vermin in twenty
seconds.    The owners were allowed in the pit,
there to stimulate their dogs, by stamping, batter-
ing the sides with their fists, pointing out the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page seventy-eight
Description:Describes a visit to Harry Jennings's dog fighting establishment.
Date:1860-10-29
Subject:Boweryem, George; Dogfighting; Dogs; Edwards, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jennings, Harry
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.