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	Some of the Slums of N.Y.
he (Waud) had a couple of dollars to spare, just
to put it into an envelope and to leave it at Strong s
for him.    As if,  commented W. W.,  he expected
it weekly.        Up-town, with Cahill; he not sober.
Met Raymond, Bellew s acquaintance; Cahill
left me.         At 8. P. M. met Hart, Kelly and
German, a young fellow employed by Hart and
his fellow traveller.   (Hart is in the liquor busi-
ness, as well as the lithographic.)  With them to the
6th ward, and under convoy of Officer Golden,
through some of the slums of the vicinity; foul
and frowsy cellars, where the sleepers burrowed 
like rats, noisome and stinking alleys and
courts, all seen under a dull, drizzling, close,
filthy night.    In some dens, the lodgers lay
in berth-like shelves, as on ship board; in one
some brazen women barred egress and clamo-
rously demanded money.    These were five and
six cent lodging-houses.          Thence to the 4th
Ward and my old acquaintance, sergeant Wil-
liams, who detailed a policeman, named Clark,
to guide us through the neighborhood.    We visited
the different dance-houses, at some of which
Hart and young German danced, but none of
them presented anything different to what I
had seen before, though my companions were
interested enough.      To bed, tired, by 12  .
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes visiting the slums of New York in the 4th and 6th Wards as research for an article.
Date:1861-09-27
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Clark (policeman); German; Golden; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kelly; Police; Poverty; Raymond (acquaintance); Slums; Strong, Thomas; Waud, William; Williams, Sergeant
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-15

 

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.