Lehigh University
The Vault at PfaffsAn Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York
Previous Issue Next Issue
Previous Page Next Page
0 matches
much talking & not a little staring at by the
folks around; and then it was made up.   I
must drink with them,   which I did,   and
then they with me.     They were both Englishmen,
naturalized into America   lived at Rochester,
their names Burgess & Boyd.     Of course they
were quite as earnest in their protestations of good as
ill feeling, drank my health & God bless me  &c
Had I raised a fist in reply  to the brandished
knuckles of either, there would have been a regular
knock down & drag out.     I think I could have
licked my antagonist   but should have had
an awful pomelling in doing it .   The lookers on
would have seen fair play perchance.   As it was
I noted wisely, took it coolly, kept my
hand in pockets and talked.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes having a drink with Burgess and Boyd at Niagara Falls, New York, rather than fight with them.
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.