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if not more so.    Up above merrily fluttering
was Saint George s red cross, setting one s heart
swelling with home pride.        To the pier ad-
jacent to Jersey Ferry, and after a tediously lazy
hours waiting came the Staten Island Boat, and
we aboard her, mounted aloft.   A windy breezy
healthy half hour or so, down the fresh bay, and
then disembarkation.   Wandered up through the
straglling little city, through copsewood, over stone
up hill, Spring tokens everywhere, bright light green 
verdure, blossoms on trees, and here and there,
snugly couching by stone or bush a little violet
peeping forth.     Buttercups in plenty, but not
Chaucers love, the Daisy.           Rambled to
and fro, looking down at the view. The vessels
freighted with anxious-hearted Emigrants; there
riding Quarantine, the broad bay & islands
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with William Barth.
Date:1852-05-16
Subject:Barth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Nature; Spring; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.