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na ve and natural you smile to look on t.    The big Washing-
ton, equestrian, under the centre of the dome is big and that s
all, it may be grand, but I didn t find it so.         Other statues
of various degrees of merit, and demerit.        Dillon, who with
little girl from their Jersey boarding house joined us in entrance,
soon paired off with me, and together we rambled about the building.
Everywhere something worth of a day s visit.       Pictures, though
not very notable.     Chemicals in various states, a huge cellular
mass of alum, minerals of bright colors.      Mechanical and Engi-
neering implements, Scientific inventions innumerable.     Any amount
of daguerrotypes from various Sun-painters hailing from all parts
of the States.  Waud s phiz in Brady s collection./    And a per-
fect glut of Lola Montezes.              Different woods from British
Guina, & Canada.         A birch bark Cause.        Anon we
rambled off to where in  France  a piano was being played hand-
organ fashion.         China ware and glass.      Cloths, tapestry and
hangings of gorgeous colors.   Statuettes, furniture, grates, iron 
mantle slaps and imitations of marble, exquisitely done too.
De la Ruer s paper  & stationary stand, cards displayed, and
circles of bright colors to show their ware.   A great cast
of Hunter and Bear, a French work.  Finely done, but
painful to see.         The gigantic brute, buttressed on two wide-
straddled, enormous legs, had the man in death hug, her monstrous
claws horribly indented into his torn back, while with distended
and agonized jaws she endeavoured to reach the weapon deeply
buried in her own neck.      The hunter, feebly endeavouring with
his raised right arm to remove that fatal grasp, was evidently
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page thirty-five
Description:Describes a visit to the Crystal palace in New York, and describes the sculptures and other displays he saw there.
Subject:Brady, Matthew; Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.) ; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Montez, Lola; Sculpture; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.