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Six o clock arriving, through it, getting very wet, to Liberty Street &
Mr Richardsons. Supped with them, and stayed here twain; all the
city being in an explosive uproar, from the boys anticipating the morrow.
Rockets from houses, fire crackers everywhere, and the summer lightning playing
merrily.     Call, and saw Genin, then to Brooklyn.
  4. Friday.  With J B Holmes to his Office in Wall Street, then to do
a landscape in color, as Paulding the destined artist had not appeared for two days.
But as he came ere I had commenced, my employ was frustrated.  After an
hours talk, out, and up Broadway mid crackers and pistol-shots to the Park.
There, a row of militia men, there white pants fearfully mudded, even to the knee
and perspiring awfully. Music and parade, fireworks everywhere. A leisurely ramble
and return to Brooklyn and dinner, Doze afterwards, broken by the advent of
Barth, who stayed the afternoon.   Joined him after tea at Castle Garden & was
shortly afterwards joined by Creesey & another from the Island. The opera of
Lucia di Lammermoor in the Italian, and well sung, the performers, whether animated
by the occasion, or desirous of creating a sensation put amazing fire in their parts.
(I think had Scotts and legend been more closely adhered to,  twould have been better,
that Lady Macbeth sort of mother of Lucy being cut out, and Bide the Bent been 
bedevilled
into Raymonds show that the Italian knows little of the spirit of the tale.     Imbibitions
between the acts; a full audience, and once some fair women with their white shoulders
draped in summer gossamer before us.   Fireworks, seen from the balcony, and then
we walked up Broadway to an Oyster Supper.    Parted on the Brooklyn side of the
Atlantic Street ferry, and a walk through the treed quiet streets  tew hum .
  5. Saturday.  Mr Hart called, having just arrived from the country.   With him
to New York. To Strongs, Genins, (where I got paid $24 ) & to the  Leader 
Office.)  Era  no longer.)     Talk with Picton, then the morning waning, parted, Mr
Hart to the country,  I to Brooklyn.  Reading & in afternoon, evening to New
York, (while spacious-brimmed hat buying by the way.)     To Canal Street for things, 
then by
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Mentions attending an opera, ''Lucia di Lammermoor.''
Date:1851-07-03
Subject:Barth, William; Creecey; Fireworks; Food; Fourth of July; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Opera; Paulding; Picton, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Strong
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic Street; Broadway; Canal Street; Liberty Street; Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.