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		      A Fire.
had collected at the entrance of a narrow court
or blind alley, at the end of which a building   I
think a stable or an outhouse, was in flames.    Men
were carrying in unavailing bucketsful of water;
scared faces of shabby people protruding from
adjacent houses, and immediately opposite the
burning building, two terrified prostitutes were
[unclear word]cking up house and departing.    By and by
came the clamorous firemen with spirting hose-
pipes.     The building being very nearly consu-
med I departed, encountering Mary the ro-
bustuous and old Jewett streaming towards it.
  Writing the rest of the day and in the evening
till 12.      Cahill up part of the time.
  31.  Thursday.   Shepherd up.   Writing
during the morning; down town in the afternoon.
Returning, I found Cahill drunk, asleep on my
bed, though he recovered sufficiently to descend
to dinner, going out again at 9, to a supper-
party with certain actors at a Houston street
tavern.            Drawing till 10 or so.      These
actors with whom Cahill associates are Adol-
phus Davenport, generally known as  Dolly,  whose
real name is White, Fanny Browne his mistress
Harry Pearson and others.   Davenport was a
good deal puffed by Mort. Thomson, once, in the
 Tribune,  being an intimate of his.      He had, too,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page thirty-three
Description:Describes witnessing a fire.
Date:1861-10-30
Subject:Actors; Browne, Fanny; Cahill, Frank; Davenport, Adolphus; Drunkenness; Firemen; Fires; Ginnerty, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; New York tribune.; Pearson, Harry; Shepherd, N.G.; Theater; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Houston Street
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
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 life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.