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dancing cellars,   negroes & negresses.   Vice and crime rampant
in bye streets, good things of day fast abed and asleep.       To
my room & reading half the night through.
  15.  Friday.  Down town calls.   Return to room, Mr Hart
came, and presently Welden.    He had shaved off beard and mous-
tache, and until he spoke I did not recognize him.  Just re-
turned from Niagara.     Talking, all, and drinking claret.    They
left,   I to dinner, and Brooklyn.      Evening visited Wood s Min-
strels.     To the Gymnasium at close.        Found Mr Hart, Dillon,
Waud, Yatman & Etting at Erfords, and anon Damoreau came.
  All there till past 11.     Walked with Mr Hart to Jersey Ferry,
parting at midnight, then back to room, witnessing a serenade
to President Pierce at the Astor House by the way.
  16.  Saturday.  Stirred out scarcely at all, save for meals.
Writing article for the Times.      Waud with me afternoon & evening.
A brief stroll out at night together.
  17. Sunday.   Breakfasted down town at Goslings, then in-doors
during the greater part of the day, finishing article for Times.  Waud
down stairs, in Swinton s room, drawing.   No one called all the long 
sunny day.    With Waud during the afternoon.    Evening, he de-
clining to take a walk, I rambled off to Beach Street. Lotty
was at the window, talking with Gordon, a well meaning sort
of vapidity enow.       Mrs   I forget her name,   chatty little widow
lay on the sofa, sick and silent.        Talk, lively.  One or
two quaint personalities I chanced to say to Lotty, set her practising
her queer little insolences, half natural, half assumed as they are.
She mocked and moved, put her face near to mine, plucked
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twenty-four
Description:Describes an evening visiting the Kidders at Beach Street.
Date:1853-07-14
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eytinge, Solomon; Gordon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Mapother, Dillon; Pierce, Franklin; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Women; Yatman
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.