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out unavailingly by women, yelped at by dogs, thrown from palace window & bal-
cony by the basket-full, warred on by storks & [unclear word], yet swarming every 
where.
In the Locust plague, trees were covered and eaten bare by the insects, the air was
darkened by them, men were mailing up nets over house door & window, the whole 
picture,
from foreground to distant horizon was alive.  The Lice plague, shewed figures head-
and body-clawing every where, some combing hair, others having it all shorn, cattle
starting, bolting, plough-braking, men worrying horses and camels with one hand
while with the other they flayed their own unhappy backs.  It was a picture able to
set a Scotchman itching sympathetically.    The Hail Storm was terrible, as was that of
the thunder & lightning; men and beast dying, wounded, trees quivering and
rent asunder, cattle hurrying in vain to shelter which itself was giving way to the fury
of the elemental war. /          There was also a destruction of Sodom by fire from
heaven, terribly quaint in the agony of the people; chariot & horseman trying
to hurry from the fiery shower, and felling in heaps, men screeching in horror on the
ground, or with the head bowed and agonized shoulders crunched together, a downright
drifting rain of fire filling up all the heaven, falling everywhere;   hogs, fowls
dogs & all hurring to & fro in mad terror.  Throngs of people at a small fountain,
still playing intensly, mid the city.   At window, and on balcony were crowds of 
appalled
wretches, in yelling mad agony, crying for not to be granted mercy. /     Verily I
love a later in an old book shop .                 Called at Dobs, then by 1 1/2 back to
Brooklyn.  Reading Bulwer s  Lucretia  & scribbling some little } * Crossed to New 
York,
and2 to. Butlers at Walker Street. There I found  Joe  and  Bob , they with
the other cruisers having yesterday returned.   Merry times have they had, little
fishing, much dancing and cruising about, mostly  camping  out, save four or five
night, (of which No1 was the only unpleasant one!)             Sat till past 10, but
Warren Butler not appearing left and back to Brooklyn, rather wearily.
  23. Wednesday.  Writing to Alf all the morning & part of the afternoon.
Evening, put down erroneously to the credit of yesterday *.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and forty-one
Description:Comments on viewing prints of the plagues of Egypt.
Date:1851-07-22
Subject:Bob; Books and reading; Butler, Joe; Butler, Warren; Dobson, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Walker 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.