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having been robbed, calling the police in &c, (which robbery
nobody credited.)     Finally he decamped, suddenly, after his
fashion.   He talked of going to Australia.  He was well
known in Toronto.        The landlord of the North American
who knew Dick well, gave me other items.   That Dick had
told him, and he half-credited it, that he was the illegit-
imate son of a nobleman, had an immense income &c.
Rather amusing items anent my rascally cousin.    /   Con-
tinuing my walk up, and around the arcade, where, 
it being Saturday morning everybody is very busy.  Vendors
of deer, poultry, earthenware, game &c all around.
Everything save for the fur caps worn by the men  Is English
looking, and inexpressibly pleasant to me.       There are
toy-shops,  book-stalls and English money passing from hand
to hand; framed prints of the Queen & her husband,
not too much like the originals.     At the end of this
Arcade, ahutting on the main street of the City is a fine
stone architectural front.     It is called Saint Lawrence
Hall.     There is also a minature Covent Garden in the shape
of a vegetable market.            The sleigh-bells echo everywhere
as I ramble about the town.    Churches, neat brick or
stone houses, inn-signs with  Heads  and  Arms  innu-
merable; boys sturdy and bashful (with none of the horrid
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Describes his visit in Toronto, Canada.
Date:1853-01-08
Subject:Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Toronto, [Ontario, Canada]; Australia
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.