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Democratic ticket, and if his cause was good he was a disgrace to
it.   He bade King Mob not think or cavil at individual names,
 to go the whole Democratic ticket and nothing but it.   Concluding,
his auditors trooped after a band of music, playing nigger melodies, around
the ward, to shew their strength and patriotism.
  6. Tuesday. Drawing all day.  The Jersey election being held 
opposite the house & had an opportunity to witness it.  Very simple and
effective mode.  Bar placed across the building, behind which are men
to take down the names of the voters, as they give their tickets into the
hands of a person who places it in the ballot box, which is locked. If
any difficulty or question arise the voter is sworn, if perjured he is
liable to some year or so in the States prison. Natheless it is done,
and often.  Ben Haun and Rankin strong on the Democratic side;
albeit Ben has no right to vote yet, not being of age.  His brother
being, has the right, which he don t care to exercise, considering,
and perhaps very justly, both parties to be rogues.   Great  gorging 
(as Wing phrased it) appears to be done.  Lists of names printed
headed by a name of one party, while all beneath are of the opposing,
so that the superficial voter may be deceived thereby.   In the paper
the other day I saw a letter printed, purported to be a copy of one
sent by a candidate, villanously miss-spelt, to create the impression
of his ignorance and incapacity. Next day in good english he pronoun-
ces it an impudent forgery.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty
Description:Comments on the election, which he can view from his boarding house.
Date:1849-11-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Haun, John; Politicians; Rankin, John; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):[No. 79 York Street]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.