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fifteen minutes paused.    On again.  Dozed a little,   on and on.
The day waned apace, passengers went to sleep, woke up ill tampered,
opened windows a finger s breadth  then let them down with a querulous
smash as the rain drops in; mountain, hill side, valley and village
seen through the driving water drops.  On still.   Supper, at the
place where first I took a meal on the Erie Railroad. (I think it is
called Otisville.)   Arrived at Jersey at about 2 or 3 in the
  5.  Thursday.    morning, across on the wet ferry boat, recovering
carpet bag thereon, and through the unlit, sombre streets to 290 Broad
way, upstairs, unlocked door, all just as I left it.   So abed
and slept till 10 or 11.     Down stairs, looked into Swinton & Fay s,
down town, breakfasted, called at Reveille & Literary World Office,
saw Mathews, to Lantern Office, (Powell there, Brougham playing in
Philadelphia) to Post Office &c   saw Randall and Weed; back to
room, drew two big Reveille subjects &c.     Evening at work or
writing.
  6. Friday.  Doing minor Reveille cuts.  Took them down town.
Calls &c.    To and fro all day, I recollect not the detail with
any degree of distinctness.   Waud upstairs with me awhile &
Davis came, (having the remains of damaged offices,   the result of a muss
he d been in with a certain Paddylander, on the question of nationality)
To Mr Greatbatchs in the evening.        Fred in the country still.
Will Kidder climbed up stairs to see me this day, in the afternoon.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page thirteen
Description:Describes his return train journey to New York.
Date:1852-08-04
Subject:Brougham; Davis; Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Kidder, Will; Mathews, Cornelius; New York and Erie Railroad Company; Powell, Thomas; Railroad; Railroad travel; Randall; Swinton, Alfred; Travel; Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Otisville, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):290 Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.