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the attendant genii, and out we troop into a long room
of the adjacent dep t, its two doors open & displaying
a double row of tables with men and women behind.
Coffee, ham & eggs, meats & cakes   each standing
& a tribute of three shillings from each partaker.
Had some beef & coffee, and subsequently at a
farther corner of the room a drop of brandy.   All
aboard now!    and back we troop, whistle, snort
yell   off we are again. The day wears on apace;
passengers try to doze, succeed fitfully or give it up
viciously.   We have passed some 120 miles and
more, the rain ceased and the golden sunlight
rests holily on the trees and wild peacefully country,
darts in at the unclosed windows, lights up to a hot
crimson the comfortable padded seats.   I lie all
along one, Nottinghamshire man the opposite one.
Evening draws on,   we halt again & sup, this time
sitting and well, for 25 cents.  On   more signs
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-three
Description:Describes his railroad journey from New York to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-26
Subject:Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.