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when just as we were about to start there came a
certain, sergeant, corporal, or something of the sort, who
had been expedited from Bedlow s Island by our
boatman, and now was marvellously impatient to get
back, anticipating divers pains and penalties if too late
for evening call.     So Barth being good natured we
went there first, against a strong tide, and furious
wind, which gave the boatman hard work.   A lovely
evening at first, but soon overcast, and lightning fast
and beautiful over the Jersey shore,   a furious
rain storm threatening, which in fact occurred though
not till we were out of its reach .   Passed the little
treeless  Gibbet Island,  (now perverted into Ellis s  
who the devil was Ellis I d like to know?) and
Barth and our good humoured, strong armed, Irish
boatman tugging hard after an hour or more we
reached Bedlows, and our soldier got off, at a 
certain jetty where were some dozen or more
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Describes a trip by boat to Bedloe Island on the way to Governors Island.
Date:1852-06-02
Subject:Barth, William; Ellis Island (N.J. and N.Y.); Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military
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.