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some impertinence by his whilome crony North. )        To
Castle Garden with Barth and there in the hot glorious
summer afternoon crossed to the Island.    Many inmates
sick in the Hospital of the Cholera,)  some deaths. /   Barth
having an Album with its feminine owners request for verses
I concocted some sixteen lines of horrific bosh, in which a
festive Nightingale rocked upon a red Ocean & a blood red
moon figured, whilk was straightway inserted.   Abed with
Barth, other couchs being occupied.  Hot & restless, mus-
quitos    humming hungrily, savage at the net curtains barring
their phlebotamizing practices.
  2. Thursday.  Over to New York with Barth, quitting
him at Barnums.   To Office & to work.  Barth came
again at 1 or so.  Dined together at Goslings, parting
at Castle Garden, he across the bright water and I back
to Lantern Office.   Brougham returned from Washington.
Got no money from them.  Returned to Office & Waud
coming up, agreed to accompany him to Brooklyn for a bathe
in the East River.    Fagan called & left.  To Brooklyn
with Waud,   a dark moonless night.   Calling on Davis,
he at supped & disinclined to leave, we sought the place.
Tide low, big lumbering vessels crowding up the little dock,
a juvenile Celt waiting there, perchance in the desperate hope
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page twenty-eight
Description:Mentions that many inmates of William's Barth's Hospital on Governors Island have cholera.
Date:1852-09-01
Subject:Barth, William; Brougham, John; Davis; Diseases; Fagan; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hospitals; North, William; O'Brien, Fitz James; Poetry; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Washington, [District of Columbia]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.