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23.  Thursday.  Down town by noon, to the Reveille &
Lantern Offices.   Got paid $5 at the Latter & $3 as
half payment for two other drawings I took there.  Calls.
Dined, to Castle Garden;   called on May, in Wall
Street, and returned with a big piece of lead Ore, from a
mine, of which he and others have control.   To room.
With Waud to sup at Goslings in the evening, had called
on him at Chapin s in the course of the day.
  Now is it an hour past midnight & I m to bed.
  24.  Friday.  In doors, drawing hard, on wood, all the
day, only going out to the  Shades  for dinner, & Shelleys for
supper.   Did the big Lantern filibustering cut, for Picton, and
a notion to take to the Picayune.   Waud called at 6, staying
but a few moments.           Day overcast & chill, threatening the
usual equinoctial storm preluding Autumn.
  25. Saturday.  Being returning from breakfast at Sweeney s,
to the accompanyment of the deep booming of the City Hall bell,
there rushed by some five or six fellows with their Hose Carriage;
I following it and then came to Duane Street, some five or
six houses from Broadway, east side, where was the fire.  It
was at a Confectionary & French Chocolate Manufactory.  The
flames were raging within the top-most story & soon darted
off of the casements, red and luridly wicked looking, volumes
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page fifty-one
Description:Describes witnessing a fire at a confectionary and French chocolate factory.
Date:1852-09-23
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Firemen; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; May; Mining; Picton, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Duane Street; Wall Street
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.