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           Newcombe of  The Washington. 
a pencilled plan of them for Conworth s guidance
to a locality he knew, not far from Arthur Tew s
house, where we had determined to dine.  This
locality was beyond a village called Roseville, and
consisted of a tavern known by the sign of the Black
Horse.        John mentioning the name of the proprietor
and the circumstance that the man accompanied his
brother William to Canada, I instantly recognized
him as our fellow passenger across the Atlantic
in the Washington.     So we hitched up and entered
and found Newcombe behind his bar   Newcombe
the fat, easy-tempered Londoner who lay sick in his
berth so long, hesitated in his speech and had
crossed the ocean half a dozen times or more.  He
recognized me almost immediately and was very
friendly, producing some excellent two-year old
ale, of which we partook in company with an ine-
briated Briton, who declared himself ambitious
of fighting Heenan.  This man had a legal grievance
in print, a copy of which he gave f me, for the
enlightenment of the New York public; his name 
was Harmer.      We left him, rather finished by
the ale, seated on the piazza outside, where was
a young fellow reading Marryatt s  King s Own 
in a big volume of the sailor-novelist s works.    A
mile s further progress brought us to Arthur Tew s,
where the smell of brewing made the house fragrant.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and sixty-eight
Description:Describes meeting an old acquaintance, Newcombe, from his last voyage across the Atlantic.
Date:1861-09-11
Subject:Books and reading; Bowman; Conworth, John; Conworth, William; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harmer; Heenan, John C.; Newcombe, Nelson; Tew, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):Roseville, [Ontario, Canada]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.