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save Creecy & an English born Serjent ycleped Baldwin,
who came in the boat with us.      Three or four bare footed boys
ran to & fro or fished, (with no small success) at the
landing place.         Here I stayed till 5, partly talking
in Creecy s room, clean, spacious & cellar shaped, with two
castle-like windows in the dense thickness of the fort s wall.
Creecy thinks Barth will enlist again.             To the shore
with Baldwin, thence to the Fort where I called on Livers.
A Quadrangle, greensward inside, room all round, soldiers
about & a band practising most exhilaratingly.     With Livers
awhile then off to meet the 6 o clock boat.     But it did not
return to New York o Saturday  nights, so off I set merrily
up the cliff and along the road to meet a stage at Yellow 
Hook.      A heart gladdening walk.       Trees in the sheen of
spring, sweet smells in the air,  and holy evening sunlight
darting through buds & leaves and blossom, or lengthening
my shadow mightily as it passed athwart the quiet country
road.    Merrily did I jog on, coat over arm, with
sense of peace in heart, as though far away from city stir
and strife.       Yellowhook reached.   Stage gone   another coming.
Off again and walked unto Brooklyn,  took omnibus to
Fulton Ferry, supped at Erfords & to bed by 10.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and ninety-nine
Description:Describes visits to Fort Hamilton and Fort Lafayette.
Date:1853-05-14
Subject:Baldwin; Barth, William; Creecey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Livers, Sergeant; Military
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
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.