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who have appeared on this side of the Atlantic.)     Far on our right were
the tall, tree covered rocks by the river, open country in land.  Dust two
feet in depth in the roads.   Presently the sun sunk below the horizon, and
it grew cooler, as on we trudge.   Mason in battered Panama hat owned by
the juvenile Kidder, and not otherwise very disreputable looking, save in his
linen-less throat, thick close whisker and unshaven upper lip and chin stubbly look-
ing   decidedly a la Sikes.     I in the white wide brummer spoiled by the Staten
Island nocturnalizing, its brim all reversed like a soup-plate, as a sun
shade, my big coat carried over shoulder on the end of a rough stick, a
fearful mess of rents in the rear part of my pantaloons, and a pair of boots
into which, and out of, the road dust made way at pleasure;   all dusty
looking, brown booted and trousers turned up   on we go through the evening.
Partook of milk by the roadside, then in again, and wearily to Piermont,
where we arrived at 8.  No boat started till 12, wherefore we lay on the
platform of the depot an hour or so, and then Mason walked on down the long 
one-mile pier, and I, in company with a travelling Celt followed.  Aboard
the boat, there dozing uneasily on diver singular carriages,  in shape like the
upper part of a letter X, wrenched wider, and I supposed destined to remove
the multitudinous milk cans which at midnight were conveyed on board, from
the vessel.   Great to do, and the whole deck covered, and at about 12 1/2 or so,
off we start for New York, (Mason having abandoned his idea of another days
journeying.)     Found the cans accessible, and drank of the milk.   Up on the
top of the vessel, and at about two woke up from slumber on a lot of stools
by the arrival at New York.   Out, through the still streets, passing by
where Leonard Street brothels held joyless festival, as by the brawling and
lights inside we could hear, into Broadway.     Mason had not the key
of his door, so though he essayed to make his presence known by throwing
up stones against the lighted casement of his room, it was in vain, and he
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Describes his journey back to New York with Mason.
Subject:Brothels; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Will; Leisure; Mason; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Leonard Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.