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flat surface where were many lookers on straggling about;
at the extreme corner I found engraver Copcutt, looking down
on the crowded street & into the burning building.        By him
I was told of the death of an individual,   which however he er-
roneously supposed was caused by a fall from housetop.  It after-
wards appeared that the man   a fireman had been struck by
the hoisting wheel of the building, while in the lower part of 
the house.  The poor fellow died very soon, at the adjacent City
Hospital.     Some others were hurt by falling stones.  /   To
my room,  Swinton & Fays.        Wrote words for Reveille Cuts &c
then down town, to Picayune Office.  To Sachem Office, leaving
big drawing on wood for Lantern, for Picton s inspection.  To the
Post Office & Randalls.       Met Watson.      To the Lantern
Office,  Powell, Banks, North &c there.   Picton came with
Wren,  President of  the Lone Star Association , & my cut,
out with them.   To Reveille Office & Mathews.    About
till 2 1/2 when I had got the cuts safely delivered in &c.
Dined, called on Lockington &c, Waud, Lantern Office
again.  To room, and with Waud & Fay in the evening
to the Lyceum, there to see Sheridan s Rivals played.
Brougham played Sir Lucius excellently,   and indeed
every part was as well done as might be,   a  capital 
nights entertainment.   An extravaganza of Lover s hight
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page fifty-three
Description:Describes witnessing a fire at a confectionary and French chocolate factory.
Subject:Actors; Banks, A.F.; Brougham, John; Copcutt; Firemen; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lantern.; Lockington; Lone Star Association (New York, N.Y.); Mathews, Cornelius; North, William; Picton, Thomas; Powell, Thomas; Randall; Swinton, Alfred; Theater; Watson, John; Waud, Alfred; Wren
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.