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up Broadway by noon,   stores all closed, windows & house
fronts draped in black & white, and displaying inscriptions
appropriate to the memory of Daniel Webster.     A cold, cloud-
less sunny, bright day.     All the Militia Companys out &
a dense crowd everyhere.        Dined at Sweeney s, to room &c,
witnessing procession from my window,      Stewarts lady employees
over the way doing the same.                   Down town again, though
with difficulty, owing to what I heard a disdainful dame
term  rabble , a very Un-American phrase.        I wonder whether
she ever heard of Claudia, Appius Coecus daughter s speech
and its result.   (In Swinton s room were himself, Butler,
Bogert & Waud &c.)        Down town, got wood blocks,
then back again,  drawing,  after nailing on sign in Broad-
way, some mischevious cur having half pulled it from fastenings.
  Drawing,  Seymour (the writer) came up,     I having met him
on Broadway with his brother.               Waud came up, (borrowed
$1,) and out billiardizing.           Seymour & I after a stove-
side talk went to Burton s Theatre.    Farce & very ex-
cellently absurd fooling all the evening.  Oyster stew at
Shelleys afterwards, then Seymour off, I to room, and did
a drawing  fore my cigar was out, then to bed.
  17  Wednesday.  At work.   Did two drawings on wood
by 1, then dined at Shades, thence down town, meeting
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page ninety
Description:Describes the procession in memory of Daniel Webster.
Date:1852-11-16
Subject:Bogert; Butler, Warren; Food; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Parades; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Stewart (dry-goods man); Swinton, Alfred; Theater; Waud, Alfred; Webster, Daniel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.