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                        The Voyage.
near us.  A pause and stoppage of the engines
for some time; starting again at 2  .  Idling,
Scribbling and reading   the latter Marryat s
 King s Own , a volume I had brought from the
house of the widow Crump in Virginia.  I had
retained a pleasant impression of the book from
my boy days thinking it, then, one of the most
touching of stories, but now I found it poor stuff.
Summer lighting in the evening, over the sea.
turned in at 11  .
        15.   Sunday.  A sultry but sunless morning.
During breakfast the crew angled for and caught
a dolphin, who changed color in the orthodox man-
ner when dying on the deck, but was decidedly
unlike any picture representative of his kind,
or sculptured ones, that I have seen.  He looked
metallic.  Scribbling on deck before and after
dinner; a sultry doze in my berth, reading and
talk.  The hottest day yet: dispensed with
coat and waistcoat.  Summer lighting in the
evening and some prospects of rough weather.
Below, the vicinity of Halpine s cabin was nau-
seous from the combined smell of spirits and
sea-sickness.  He kept his berth, nor hardly
quitted it once during the remainder of the
voyage.  Scribbling.  Turned in by 11.
        16.  Monday.  A tumbling sea, crockery
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty: page sixty-one
Description:Regarding Gunn's methods of passing time on the ''Locust Point,'' a dying dolphin, and the smell outside of Halpine's cabin.
Date:1862-06-14
Subject:Books and reading; Crump, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halpine, Charles G.; Locust Point (Ship); Ocean travel; Travel
Scan Date:2010-09-10

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, especially Hilton Head, Port Royal, St. Augustine, Key West, and the end of his experiences with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign when he had to leave camp due to illness.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Port Royal, South Carolina; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; St. Augustine, Florida; Virginia
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.