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                At  Barnum s  and the Theatre.
  There some time, then, feeling faint though
not hungry, though I had eaten comparatively nothing since
yesterday, went to Crook and Duff s for a
stew and there fell in with Welden and Arm-
strong of the Times.    They were going to Barnum s
museum and glad to escape from the necessity of
going back to my attic at the risk of another
paroxysm (to which I am especially liable at
the hour of sunset) I accompanied them.     There
we found other newspaper men, among them Webb
and Osbon.             It was my first visit to Bar-
num s and I found it amusing enough.         So
the afternoon wore away, in looking at the  Aztecs 
(which seem dwarf hybrids between the Jew and
negro) the  What is it?  (a dwarf idiotic negro
or negress) and other Barnumosities till 5, when
I returned up-town with Haney in a 4th avenue
car.      After supper to the theatre, finding that
the party had started from 745, and met Haney
at the door.     Joined the girls and Jack in the boxes,
where they sat in a row.       Haney clambering over
seated himself between Matty and Eliza, next
came Jack, then Sally, then myself, at the outer
end of the seat.    The play was Henry the eighth,
Miss Cushman doing Wolsey.   Clever and elocu-
tionary   that s all.             We saw Mrs Thomson,
Mort s mother with another woman and Ottarson,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Describes visiting Barnum's museum with Welden and Armstrong.
Date:1860-11-22
Subject:Armstrong; Cushman, Pauline; Edwards, Eliza; Edwards, John; Edwards, Martha; Edwards, Sally (Nast); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Museums; Osbon; Ottarson; Theater; Thomson, Sophy; Webb (reporter); Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):745 [Broadway]; 4th Avenue
Scan Date:2010-04-27

 

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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.