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15. Sunday.   Waud & Damoreau came, bidding me to
Staten Island rambling.    Promised to join  em.  To the
Metropolitan, left card, walked down Broadway.     Met
Bunnell.    Parted.    I to Staten Island, meeting Swinton
aboard the boat.        To the Pagoda, Clifton Park, took
a  smash  & sate gazing out on the fresh trees till nigh
2, when Waud & Damoreau came.     Dined, sat awhile,
then rambled off skirting the shore.   Passed the spot where two
summers back I camped out with Roberts  party.     Arrived
at the Old Fort on the hill, and after a survey for the most
accessible place  Charley managed to clamber up, no easy matter.  Then
he pitched a big beam over & by its aid we followed, also some lookers
on.    Anon the gate got unfastened by some on & some dozen or more
folks were strolling about inside.      Found a deep dry well, and made
a fire in it, some 100 feet deep or more.        Here till 6 1/4,
then marching in military file to the Ferry & to New York.
Supped, then Erfords & parted at 10.
  165.  Monday.   Mr Pierre Supple called.    Man about 40,
commercial-traveller-looking.     Richardson called.  /   Drawing.  Edward
Greatbatch came. Letter from home.     Item in it how my Aunt
Anna Mapleson has had to leave her knave of a husband &
is now at our house.          How inevitable it is that in the
course of time a man will act up to his nature, scampish
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with Charley Damoreau and Alfred Waud.
Subject:Bunnell; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Mapleson; Mapleson, Anna; Marriage; Richardson; Roberts; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Supple, Pierce; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.