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(where the late cruel murder occurred)   the prison  (where the
 respectable  murderer awaits his doom.)   East Boston,   Chelsea,
Cambridge   the distant sea.              Descended, and a walk over to
Charlestown.   12 1/2 cents payment and I ascend the 295 steps in the
Bunker Hill Monument.   Another glorious panorama, lit up by
the glorious God-like June sun in all its beauty.     Boston has less
trees about and within it than either New York or Philadelphia; the
streets are more curvy;   houses mostly red brick with slate roofs  
here and there a very white timber one;    green blinds, chapels
and meeting houses innumerable.   Water here there and everywhere
the city, though a peninsula looks like an island.   Long wharfs run-
ning out in every direction, red funnel of English mail steamer,
(Aha old England! God s blessing on thee!)   white sail out at sea,
  city all so clean and quiet that I scarce could think Want and Po-
verty could harbour there. 	A happy hour there, not without thoughts
of her I am away from, and love dearly.	    Back discursively to 
Morton place.   Supped; then after a New York Herald read, took a
moonlight walk.   Mid the shipping, and by the Custom house. The
City most quiet and orderly by night   no reeking cellar-saloons, &
for aught I saw, no perambulating Raphians.     Back about 9,
and a talk with a Bath-born Briton over a jug of ale, then ascent,
scoring up chronicle, and ere long bed.
  25  Tuesday. Out canvassing again.   Delivered Mayalls intro-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes touring around Boston.
Date:1850-06-24
Subject:Bunker Hill Monument (Boston, Mass.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Boston, [Massachusetts]; Chelsea, [Massachusetts]; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]; New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.