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Park, there to attend the Second Indignation Meeting apropos of the Cuban affair. A 
hastily
constructed platform, crowded, and a dense crowd on the City Hall steps.   Divers flags
of small size about, and a band of music, assuredly earning their money.  The rowdy-
demagogue,   Astor-place rooting,  Abolition-meeting disturbing ruffian Rynders the 
notable
speaker of the evening.  His oratory consisted but of sentiment to violence against the 
Spanish
newspaper La Cronica here published, hyperbolic-vulgar laudation of the rash 
unfortunate
fellow who have been done to death; and exhortation to the tar-and-feathering of Owen
the American Consul at Havana, for non interference.   There was much yelling of
applause, chiefly I noted by youngsters of the Short boy genus.     One ludicrous 
incident
chanced.     An excited Celt, on Rynders denunciation of the Concul kept bawling
at intervals  He s no American!   He s the son of an Englishman!  Where on the 
doughty
Rynders concieved somewhat averse to his demagoguism was intimated, denounced his 
inter-
rupter as base, recreant, soulless, defender of Spanish Tyranny, &c., wherethrough the
Anglo-phobic Celt was incontinently yelled out of the assemblage. Those around him 
joining
in the clamor!     Speech-making over, the procession forming, marched in great array
adown Nassau Street, [words crossed out], up Fulton and into Broadway; increasing as
is the want with a crowd at every step, till an immense assemblage of some five thousand
or more, (I think papers say 50) were following up Broadway.     Cries were roused,  to
Cedar Street,  (where is the office of  La Cronica, ) and had they then proceeded thither
I think there would have been a row.     Marched on the crowd, up Broadway, groaning
at the Hotel where abides the Spanish Ambassador; till on coming to Grand Street, I
[words crossed out] went to Mulberry Street.   The boys Fred & Edward had been
mong the crowd also.  Sate awhile, conversing with Mr Greatbatch and Mary Anne, 
then
left & quietly to bed.
  27. Wednesday.  To Holmes, to Castle Garden, to Nassau Street.   Talking with
Strongs, Engraver Gulick addressed me, he being on a visit from Boston and Gleasonian
employ.   Evilly speaketh he of Charley Brown.     Afternoon to French s, (after some
drawing head-gear for Genin.)   French saith Gleason will use drawing & needeth some
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and sixty-three
Description:Describes a mob protesting the events in Cuba.
Date:1851-08-26
Subject:Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); French; Genin; Gleason; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gulick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; La Cronica.; Mobs; Owen, Allen F.; Rynders, Isaiah; Speeches; Strong
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Havana, Cuba; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Cedar Street; Fulton Street; Grand Street; Mulberry Street; Nassau 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.