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expense   as for him his expenses were paid.)
So presently to bed, which was so horribly comfortable
that I couldn t sleep till past midnight.
  27. Tuesday.  Was aroused at my own request at 4,
and with some thirty more breakfasted most satisfactorily
in the large hotel dining room.   Then having paid my
dollar, into the attendant omnibus, which being well
filled, rolled off through the dim dank misty
morning and towards the dep t.     There arriving we
tarry till the train arrives from New York, with its
three or four hundred excessively miserable sleeplessly
sleepy night travellers.   The mist and wet hung
around so clammily that all their windows were
closed (of course,) and the in-pent atmosphere
might have disgusted a Sewer Rat.       So, allowing
the crowd of Elmirites to rush in, I tarryed at
the rear of one of the cars with the brakemen, and
with a whizz and roar, off we start.   Mist
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Describes his railroad departure from Elmira to Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-07-26
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hotels; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Elmira, [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.