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travelling growing somewhat wearisome, when at 9 o clock
we reach Elmira.       As the cars went but some
12 miles for this, and as my Nottinghamshire acquain-
tance intended staying for certain friends at Elmira,
I resolved to stay there also.  So entering an omnibus
of which were some ten or so with vociferating driver
we were driven along muddy streets, past wooden frame
houses, trees & stores to the main Street and
Hotel,  Brainards  the  Astor , of Elmira.   Bar
great todo writing down names, having chambers as
signed. 
   Got a room assigned at once, and
one of the best .   Had a drink with my Nottingham-
shire friend (also had shewn his Englishism finely
in taking me aside and gravely counselling me  that
the Brainard House  was the first hotel in the place,
and he did nt want to lead me to any unnecessary
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-five
Description:Describes a stop at Elmira, New York, on his way to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-26
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Elmira, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Brainard House
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.