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                A young Jack in Office.
snores.       In a sort of ante-room a dozen
of them sat round a stove.   The last corner,
rather a decently-clad man, told me he
was from the north, a teacher of  tactics. 
To him the sharp boy manifested some civility, tel-
ling him he could come there for a night or
two and advising him to dry his shoes, with
a caution against getting them stolen, adding
when the vagrant who had first sug-
gested that the teacher of  tactics  should take
them off put in a disclaimer of dishonest in-
tentions;  There s too many of you!     Most
of the miserable wretcheds abashed themselves
before this lad, some praised him.           Back
to the office, waiting and filling up, a
good deal bothered by in-coming inquirers to
get particulars about returns.       Thus the
time passed till midnight and after.    The
  5.  Wednesday}       first district was the last
to come in and, owing to the omission of
one portion of the election in another, the
sharp boy had to be dispatched to Amity
street to rouse a policeman, who came in
half an hour after his departure.          I fell
to drawing, much to the admiration of the
policemen and by 2:25 A. M. had
gratified three persons   the last the sharp
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting election returns.
Subject:Drawing; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Police; Poverty
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Amity Street
Scan Date:2010-04-29


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.