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could no more be crossed.   Stayed awhile
looking out at the most picturesquely wintry
scene, then merrily through the deep snow
on the ground, and to the music of the sleigh
bells which jangled all over the city; scamper-
ed to the frosty Battery, witnessing the while
the rescue of three adventurous varlets from
the river  by Whitehall boatmen.  Called 
at Castle Garden,  saw Baum, and heard
how the Island was frozen up, how boats 
had been upset by the ice &c.   Returned
up Broadway, called at Swinton and Fay s
now in business as Engravers, neither of 
whom have I seen since the great Staten
Island excursion.    Left Alf there and
back to work and Franklin Street.
  {21. Wednesday.       Work both days, going
  22.  Thursday.}       out but little.  Davis
calling and telling Sailor yarns on Thurs-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page eighteen
Description:Describes the winter scene in New York.
Date:1852-01-20
Subject:Baum; Davis; Engravers; Fay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Franklin Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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.