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Cherry Street, ycleped the Croton Mills.  The
owners thereof having gotten a prize at the World s Fair
for the best manufactured flour, had by way of advertise
ment thrown open their building from cellar to roof,
issuing cards of invitation to respectability in general.
Everything was marvellously clean, and pleasant to look
upon, and a contrast to the mill of some Chaucer
ian sung wight in its multiform complexity of detail.
There was also a cottation whereat the people did
crowd and devour most unceasingly.   Many comely women
I noted, and the sex ate so heartily that one might
fancy Othello s exclamation
	 That we can call these delicate creatures ours
	     And not their appetites  
might have been produced by envy of Desdemona s good
digestion.   Men were [words crossed out] jocosely wolfish.
To the Office after with Holbrook, got wood blocks.  Morey
came, and I with him in an hours time (he calling
for me;) to Tripler Hall,  there to hear Jenny Lind rival
as the newspapers phrase it, Catherine Hayes.   There
I met de Bougars, the old vinous-faced Gaul, and the
little Irishman who abode in Robinson Street, next room
to mine, and who got drunk more than once.  He
was here officiating as a usher.     Catherine Hayes has
a fine deep voice, sang  John Anderson my Joe  well
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page nineteen
Description:Mentions a visit to Croton Mills.
Date:1851-11-06
Subject:de Bougars; Business; Concerts; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes, Catherine; Holbrook; Lind, Jenny; Morey
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Cherry Street; Robinson Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, boarding house living, theater acquaintances, and Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.