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the 7 o clock boat.   Supped at Van Name s & parted
at Stewarts at 8 1/2.             Reading & bed.
  14.  Saturday.  Up town leaving card at  the Metro
politan Hotel for Mr Supple.        Any amount of houses in
the course of being pulled down, finer to be erected on their
site.          Down town again.  To Strongs.   To room again,
then rushed down to the North River end of Murray Street
just in time to get aboard the Fort Hamilton boat.
Met Livers aboard. Talk with him.   A hot, bright un-
clouded day.   Reaching the spot, we disembarked, and
walking along towards the Fort met Creecy & Beukman.
Creecy sunburnt & Beukman fat.  /    Crossed with Creecy
to Fort Lafayette, in boat.      Here, like an aquatic Crusoe
he lives.        Over the fort, with its formidable range of
cannon, its stone staircases & clean soldier-like rooms.
Up on the roof, gazing out at the blue, glad water
as it flashed & rippled in God s blessed sunlight even 
as it did thousands of years ere the white mans keel
ploughed it.     Little souls skimming down,   Staten Island
fresh and green on the opposing shore of the Narrows.
Inside the fort close beside the curtain mute devil contrivances
for heating shot and the like, clothes & linen being out
to dry, flickered peacefully.     No one lived in the place,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and ninety-eight
Description:Describes visits to Fort Hamilton and Fort Lafayette.
Date:1853-05-13
Subject:Beukman; Creecey; Fort Hamilton (N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Livers, Sergeant; Military; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Strong, Thomas; Supple, Pierce
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Murray 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.