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(who s been in California) says just as San Francisco looked,
on his visit.       Wooden houses rising, show places, shanties for
liquor selling,  digging of house foundations &c.   The proposed 
Latten Observatory now looks just like a huge reversed straw-
berry basket with end pulled off.      Much bustle & clatter of
men about the  Palace .    The huge Reservoir behind helps to
dwarf it not a little.      We ascended the top of the latter,
& there had a fine view of all.    All the skeleton of the
building is up, save dome, and glazing & flooring in process.
Price leaving me, I tarried some space, noting the busy scene,
the city & the Hudson so calm & beautiful in the sunny
evening; & then returned to New York via omnibus, catching
a glimpse at Franconi s  Hippodrome  by the way.       Supped.
Waud at Swinton & Fay s room, there drawing.      Welden
called for few moments.            To Gymnasium and there till
10.
  4. Wednesday.   Drawing &c till 2.     Dined, then
down town. Calls.  To Brooklyn   Returned and about 8
called at Beach Street.    Morse, Mrs K, Lotty and another
whist playing.     Sate on sofa beside Lotty, looking on. Euchre
succeeding.     Left at 10.
  5.  Thursday.   A letter from Barth.       In doors drawing
all day, a wet, drenching, depressing one.    Matagrabolized.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Describes a visit to the Crystal Palace with Price.
Date:1853-05-03
Subject:Barth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Morse; Price; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; San Francisco, California; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.