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from a tumbler into next box, which descended on Marshall,
lessee of the Broadway Theatre.     Words ensued, comment &
rejoinder, and Marshall left, and in half an hour returned
with  his crowd ,  a posse of fellows he d picked up, hangers
on about the theatre.     By this time it was late;   the
landlord came, Swinton, Waud, Dillon & I came out of
the box,  much talk, explanation, ill words &c.   There
were over twenty men blocking the way, and everything indicated
a frightful brawl.        Swinton acted very sensibly now  Dillon
tried the mediators part, Waud the same, I said but
little.     The knowledge that we were in the wrong at the
onset made us peaceful.  Waud got water thrown over him,  
we retired into box again,  resolved to fight it there if
necessary.    The Rowdies retired awhile, and presently
came the landlord who proposed to let us out at another
door,  which after threading all sorts of winding ways he
did, and we issued far up in Anthony St.       Saw
Mr Johns to the cars, and Dillon to Jersey Ferry, then
to our separate resting-places.               This Marshall, by
his language and manner is ruffian & blackguard.    How
I hate this accursed Celtic mode of  rousing a party  to
avenge an insult.      No fair man to man contest, but
rob-breaking, five to one, knowing and savage Tipperaryisms.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes almost getting into a fight.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Marshall; Swinton, Alfred; Theater; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Anthony Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.