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the sudden demise of a rat-catchers daughter, and
the untimely fate of an admirer of hers, the which
ended thus
             So he cut his throat with a piece of glass
                   And stabbed his donkey arter!
              And the donkey & poor lilly-vite-Sand
                   Died for love of the rat-catcher s daughter! 
Back to Erfords & more tods, until nigh upon
  28.  Tuesday       1 o clock.   Great and uproarous
chaffing anent Kelly s   stalactic English hat, the
which he took in good part.     Feignings to sit upon
it,  legends related of men having been slain by hats
of European make having been hurled at them &
a thousand other mirthful conceits.       Back to room
Kelly leaving us.      I to bed, leaving Dillon on
the Sofa, and Waud on two chairs,  Swinton working
away engraving with intent to keep on all night.
Was rapped up by Murtagh at 5, dressed, 
down stairs and in an hour & a half s time
turned out with Dillon into a raw, wretched,
dank, ghostly-misty morning.     To the North
River, and across a river of mist to the Jersey
City Depot.           Shook hands with Dillon &
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes the morning of his departure for Niagara Falls.
Date:1852-12-27
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kelly; Mapother, Dillon; Murtagh; Railroad; Songs; Swinton, Alfred; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
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.