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11. Friday.  Drawing on wood, Lantern Initials
and sketching on paper.      At the Evening came
certain visitors, a man (Mexican comrade of
Barth s) wife and children.   They, with some
fifty or so had just arrived at the Island
from Michigan.      Everybody very busy.
  12. Saturday.   Saw a man flogged   a deserter
He had to receive 40 lashes.     It was not so bad
to look upon as I imagined, though doubtless
painful enough for the poor devil.  I had fancied
the blows were laid on with more force.
To New York. Reveille & Lantern Offices &c
horribly busy all day, didn t find time to dine till
6.     Evening at Mrs Kidders
  13. Sunday.  To Hell Gate ferry house with
Roberts.  A demi-pleasant ramble
  {14. Monday until       I have let the week
  19th Saturday.}       slip by unnoted, and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and forty
Description:Mentions witnessing the flogging of a military deserter.
Subject:Barth, William; Drawing; Flagellation; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Lantern.; Military; Military deserters; Roberts
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.