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smart New Englander.      Found it was 2 when we got outside  
Return, dinner &c        Evening, went to Duane, and out with Mr
Hart and Dillon.   To the old pier, where we found a posse of
Newly-arrived Philadelphia firemen with their hose carriage.
And a most splendid affair it was, certain, I never saw the like.
A picturesque scene, the tall, goodlooking firemen in their white
coats, glazed hats and embroidered caps.     Torchlight shewing the
dazzling polish and glittering steel of the carriage to great advantage.
A company of New Yorkers arrive in their red shirts, and all defile
of to beat of drum.       /           At Paton s, talking with the 
Priest, Reilly.    Of Curran, Father Prout, of  Marks of the
Screw,  of the  Hell-fire club,  and Irish notabilities, fifty years
ago.
  5. Thursday.  Made a drawing, anticipating I might dispose 
of it to the Picayune or Atlas. Then out.  A call at Corbyns, projector
of a new theatrical journal yclept Figaro.  Then to Picayune and Atlas
Offices. No success.  To the  Life  &c   Back to Canal, dull enow
through drizzling rain.          In the afternoon, at about 5, Brown comes in,
and lying down upon his bed tells me he has lost the girl he loves.
Scarcely could I think it, at first, but it is.      He had, in time back,
with rare ingenuousness told her of his past follies, and sins. And one   [word crossed 
out]
has produced this [word crossed out] retribution.   A girl, good-looking, common place 
and
sensual, had been innocent but for him;   he had seduced her.     This he had
as a sin, regretted; (but not expiated), told to the pure [words crossed out] creature
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and sixty
Description:Discusses his work, the arrival of firemen from Philadelphia, and Charles Brown's loss of his fiancee Annie Ward.
Date:1850-09-04
Subject:Corbyn, Wardle; Curran; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Figaro!; Firemen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mahony, Francis; Publishers and publishing; Reilly; Ward, Annie; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.