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a table fronting the empty fire-place stood the little coffin.   I
went to it to look at the child s face, and not till then
was cognizant that the veiled figure which sat beside it was poor
Mary Anne.     She put out a black gloved hand and squeezed mine.
More persons came anon,   Alcock & his wife.     And after
nigh an hours waiting the minister, who delivered the customary
address.         There after some little delay, we moved down stairs,
and into the carriages.  I entered the second one, in which were
also three others, young man & wife, and another woman.  So
we moved on, rather slowly through the sunlit, dusty, bustling
streets to the East River, and crossing by one of the less frequent-
ed ferrys the bright, beautiful, river, on through Brooklyn
towards Greenwood.       It was a lovely day, true summer weather,
and save for dust every thing outward, pleasant to look upon.
Getting to Greenwood betwixt 4 & 5 we wound along its paths
for a good mile or more, and then issued forth on an open space
where were many childrens graves, percieveable by the little mounds
surmounting them.       The spot seemed but recently added to the
Cemeterys ground,  it was unornamented, and bare.    Some
score or two of persons scattered about, and blue untroubled
sky over all .    There was a little squared pit awaiting the coffin &
it was speedily lowered down, and the men commenced filling in the
earth.   It seemed sad, that mass of earth upon the upturned, dumb
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and seventy-five
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Will Greatbatch.
Date:1853-03-29
Subject:Alcock; Alcock, Mrs.; Cemeteries; Children; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Greatbatch, Will; Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [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.