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gallery erected for them.   All the Gymnasts where drawn up in
rank, costumed, and the outer ring of the room filled  with
spectators of both sex.      I endured the heat & pressure awhile,
then wrote a few words on a scrap of paper, got them passed to
Bartlett on the sports commencing, and incontinently stepping over
some three or four benches, entred the open space, there in
all the dignity of amateur reporter for the nonce.        The
fellows did Calisthenics, ring-practice, rope climbing, bar-
practice, spring board leaping, dumbell lifting, and any amount
of feats of strength,   Dodsworth s band accompanying.    A little
fencing under the direction of (Hammersley, (the Thames-panorama
snob-lecturer.)       He sought me anon, seeing me note taking,
and talked apeishly.        By 10 the performances ended.   Waud,
Brightly & Brown joined me,  to the tavern, ale, &
then I left them walking down the filthy, muddy, musty, evil
looking streets unto Nassau, there upstairs into the  Times 
sanctorum.    Hot glaring lights over desks, three men at pen-
work.     Gave Welden notes & he wrote.        Slips of M S &
proof constantly ascending & descending by means of continuance.
Colloquays with men upstairs by tubes.          I sat and read
the half of the morrows  Times , a sort of anachronism in
its way.         Welden ending his task by past midnight,  I left
him at the end of his street, and off to bed.       It is weary
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and eighty-four
Description:Describes attending a gymnastics exhibition.
Date:1853-04-13
Subject:Bartlett; Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dodsworth; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gymnasiums; Hammersley; Journalism; New York times.; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.