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consequences.     Part of the way down was a short, stout
set fellow, rather bibulous, which I noted not then)
resting himself from the upward ascent.     He saying
something to a comrade as to  what weight have been
the price of my whiskers , I, judging him to be
an American gave him the most galling answer I could
on the spur of the moment think of.   Told him a
good healthy nigger would purchase them   therefore
that he would nt do, as he looked sickly and lazy.
The man gave rent to an imprecation of rage and hate
and I moved on.     I hadn t got twenty or thirty
steps down wards when he was with me   his
crony too   both as mad with passion as ever I
saw men in.   They were for a fight.   fist squaring
&c.     I took it coolly   argued the matter
and after a slowing controversy on their part it
came to Touchstones  If     If you said so, 
then I said so .     So we got to the bottom with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-three
Description:Describes his first day at Niagara Falls, New York, including almost getting into a fight with two men named Burgess and Boyd.
Subject:Boyd (Niagara); Burgess; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, 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.