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home & to Mrs Barth.   Breakfast, called at Lan-
tern Office, seeing Watson and getting proof of  Saint
Napoleon  from him, called at Mathews about
Reveille subject, then return to room & drawing 
on wood.      Dined at Courtlandt St. Goslings at 1/2 past
1; called again at the Lantern Office & at that of
the Whig Review, both unsuccessfully, then towards
my room again .  All the Park thronged, Broadway
also with militia troops & spectators.  Stores buildings
hotels & City hall festooned with crape & white
&c, being the day set apart for the celebration of
the death of Henry Clay. No business doing, & a
dense crowd everywhere.   Looking in at Swinton s
found two ladies there; his mother and sister.
So sat down, & there stayed two or three good hours.
Fay, Waud and Swinton s brother coming in anon.
Waud with a gigantic water melon which being sliced
up we ate   in part.     Sherry & brandy
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Mentions New York's observance of Henry Clay's death.
Date:1852-07-20
Subject:Barth, Mrs.; Clay, Henry; Drawing; Fay; Food; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lantern.; Mathews, Cornelius; Swinton, Alfred; Swinton; Swinton, Mrs.; Watson, John; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Courtlandt Street
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.