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	Night Scenes in the
from the different districts, and from which
I had to fill up my printed forms, present-
ly rushing out, to waylay the down-coming 2nd
avenue cars, to leap aboard and to give
such documents to the conductor, who would hand
them to a man stationed for the purpose of
receiving them at the Peck Slip terminus.   Elec-
tion night in a down-town ward is prolific
of incidents, and though the contest proved an
unusually quiet one (resulting as usual, in
New York, in the success of scoundrels) the 4th
had its share of police-cases.          First a drunken
sailor, dragged along like a log, was brought
in and taken to a cell; then  Catherine Nolan,
drunk and disorderly,  a coarse-looking Irish-
woman, with a black fell of dishevelled hair,
who, stretching her arms over the rail and
twining her fingers together, wept and pleaded
 Le  me go home!  in a passion of apprehen-
sion from which a tragic actress might
have taken a lesson.       When borne of, according
to the inflexible decision of the serjeant, she
screamed that she  was afraid the rats would
ate her,  and went out struggling.         I had
visited the cells before her appearance.     There
were some sleeping men in them, and behind
one grated door, a ghastly melancholy woman
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting election returns.
Date:1860-12-04
Subject:Drunkenness; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Imprisonment; Irish; Nolan, Catherine; Police; Prisoners; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):2nd Avenue
Scan Date:2010-04-29

 

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.