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tinguished as ^|forming| an additional attraction to musquitoes. What a drearily, queerly 
pas-
sed night it was. But two slept, Roberts & another; I not a wink. For
not one could move but he overlaid the other; some heaved arms about like in-
sane windmills, others groaned and damned the pitiless musquitoes, and as a foot s
space intervened tween canvass and ground, wet grass margined us all round. I
growled enow, sate up and made  em all grin by quaint impressions of misery. How
the musquitoes did bite, and how long the night was in passing! Blankets were
unendurable; once I made a sortie outside, and should have found a pleasanter
couch on a big square stone, light rain drove me in.  At length streaks of grey
  11. Friday.  haze checquered the eastern horizon, (I think I did doze here),
birds sang out, it grew lighter & morning broke at about the hour of four. Up
I was, laving my bitten phizog in the salt water, and ere long others stirring also.
Dressing, putting on what little we had ta en off.  My goodly wide brimmer having
been thrust out of covert by some hapless night struggler, had become a pitiably-
laughable spectacle.     Fellows stirring about the boat.   I made a fire. Joe
Butler chasing cow, holding out a tin can, the animals owner close by and telling
Roberts [unclear word] that  he didn t won t no G_d_d fellers to milk his cow.    
Breakfast
gotten, coffee, ham & bread & butter, and then preparations for further cruising.
I bidding them farewell, anticipating more  wet encampings might occur.   Saw them
start, then coasted the rock studded shore, and a mile passed, the  Columbia 
came ploughing up the broad stream, where upon I embarked, and less than an
hour saw me in New York.   Crossed to Brooklyn, another hat-buying; to Wash-
ington Street, and a sleep till 1.   Dined, dressed & to the Atlantic Street
dock and crossed to Governors Island with books for Creesey &c.   There, in
company with Barth the rest of the day, and night.     Talk of school-days
and juvenile escapades, of old Guthrie, of feuds with the  Pennywinks  & other
schools, of  Civilization  plots &c.       One anecdote (long forgotten by me)  I
must chronicle.   A certain boy yclept Tiffin came to the School. Now his parent
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes a sailing trip taken with Roberts and other men.
Date:1851-07-10
Subject:Barth, William; Butler, Joe; Creecey; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Guthrie; Leisure; Mosquitoes; Practical jokes; Roberts; Tiffin
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic 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.