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Street Savings Bank, where I had to wait three mor-
tal hours, en queue, in a tremendous crowd, till 
I could be relieved of $80.     The way was thus.
As each individual arrived he was stationed in rank &c
so the whole area was soon chokingly & perspiringly
filled.      There were folk of all sorts & nations, the ma-
jor part being Irish.        Fraternizing with one of the lat-
ter,  a carman, I soon learnt that nought but city
notes being taken, part of my intent, (that of paying
in $150 was null,)   wherefore I forced my way
through the crowd, rushed to room, made up $80
in gold, returned through the wet, and got back
into my place again, with no small effort.  The
throng had began to move, and wearily & perspiringly
did we travel to and fro.                Certain acts of
good nature did I & my friendly carman do, in the
way of admitting women out of their rank before us.
And an honest Dutchman I noted make way for two
buxom faced women, there by provoking most vixenish
comment from a preturnaturally viciously-sharp old
one, who endeavoured to establish a fiction that he
himself, the good-tempered Teuton, had wrongfully dod-
ged into his place.       But the crowd only laughed at
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Describes a visit to Chamber Street Savings Bank to make a deposit.
Date:1852-12-27
Subject:Banks and banking; Chamber Street Savings Bank (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.