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balconys were thronged also, and every pinnacle and coigne of
vantage had its occupant.  The trees in the little oval
enclosure had each some six or seven perched thereon, and 
much sport did the crowd make of unlucky climbers; greet-
ing them as they slid downwards with  Hi! hi s!  and roars
of laughter.  Or when a cart or carriage attempted to pass
through this charybdis of mortality, it s driver became a
target for aught in the wordy way, after the fashion of crowds
in general.   I myself, in virtue of beard and sombrero
was greeted as  Kossuth!  a dozen times.   The time drew
on, the crowd growing denser, all before one mass, both
within and without the Battery Gates; and behind, far
as might be seen up Broadway, the same   overhead the
sunlight and blue sky, and gay fluttering flags; common
booming over the rise and fall of the multitude s impatient
roar.     Taking up my station on the pavement edge, where
thanks to height I had the vantage, I waited for nigh upon
two good hours, talking some little with stolid man by
my side.   Thick and thicker grew the crowd, queries
are ventured, rumours of approach banded about, and then
the militia companies appear.     Some dozen or more were
there, with each a separate band.   Somewhat tedious work
was this, and lasted very long; the spectators  toes grow-
ing stone-cold all the time.     At length   over the brayings
of trumpets, the roar of the cannon, the roll of the drum
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page thirty-nine
Description:Describes the day of Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Date:1851-12-06
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kossuth, Lajos; Parades
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.