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          Whackin   Miller s  Thomas of Tigre. 
up impressively, with a curiously deliberative gait.
His doings would have been dreary in the extreme,
but for their absurdity.  The audience exhibited the
greatest goodnature, laughing at each succesive failure
and cheering when the stage was vacant.      One pitied
the man vehemently, at first, and then yielded to
the fun of it.        When the  entertainment  ended, the
mirth became almost jubilant.                     A very stormy
night, the house literally rocking with the wind.
  25.  Tuesday.   Sunny, cold and windy.        Down
town in the afternoon.  To. F. Leslie s.  At Crook and
Duff s found Bellew, Banks and a Mr. Thomas, who
was an acquaintance of Bellew s  crowd  in the early
 Lantern  days; who was a comrade and is an ex-
treme admirer of the dead filibuster Walker.  Further
on I saw Frank Wood and others.                  Talking with
Bellew and Thomas.    The latter is here on mining
business in Nicaragua, intending to return thither
with machinery &c., in six weeks or so.   He offered
to pay my expenses, give me every facility for seeing
the country &c, if I would accompany him, and
write about the place, I presume with the inten-
tion of influencing migration.   Banks eagerly 
proposed acceptation on his own part, but Thomas
didn t seem to see it.        Left them and to  Evening Post 
office; up-stairs to Maverick.           Anon returning to
Crook and Duff s, found W. Waud there and the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page two hundred and forty-six
Description:Describes seeing the performance of a magician, ''Professor Adrien.''
Subject:Adrien, Professor; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Crook and Duff's (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Magicians; Maverick, Augustus; Mining; Thomas, James; Walker, William; Waud, William; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14


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.