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Supped at Shelley s, then to Mulberry Street.   Mr Great-
batch out, being officiating at Mr Alcock s Panorama of
Scott s Victories in Mexico.   He returning, I stayed till 10.
  30.  Thursday.   Drawing on wood, three  Picayune  sub-
jects, two minor, one two-column.     Dined at the  Shades, 
then down town by 3 1/2.    Called at Bunnells, at the Lantern
Office, then to Randall & Weed at Dickenson s place.  Left
cuts for them,   (they being both at work on my drawings.)
Met Ab Brown,   snobbish as usual.       Hath had a letter from
Charley,   he flourishing. /           Crossed to Brooklyn,
called at Dunsiers, door closed; called on his mother &
learnt both had gone off suddenly,  anticipated to New London
down east. (Mrs Dempster, the Nova Scotian widow whom
whilome dwelt at Paterson s when I sojourned there, being
there.)          Rambled across towards Atlantic Street, passing
Bartons Packing-box factory, with the recent addition of a
prodigious chimney; and presently came to the spot which
a recent fire had devastated.       A whole block of buildings
burned to the cellars, scorched & blackened wall, reek
and smother,  charred embers and  little devilish flames
darting their red forky tongues out here and there among
the grimy mass.     Lots of children & loafers about. Some
three or four human beings perished here.       A soaked
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes the scene of a recent fire.
Date:1852-09-29
Subject:Alcock; Barton; Brown, Albert; Bunnell; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dempster, Mrs.; Dickenson; Drawing; Dunsier; Dunsier, Mrs. (Mother); Fires; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Randall; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic Street; Mulberry 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.