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having advised me &c.   To Mr. Swanacre. Call again
at 12 next day, for proof to make a drawing or so. To
David s. Tea.	Then, unencumbered with drawings started
on an exploration of the town.    Along the wharfs, then up
the entire distance of Chestnut Street, all along by Barnums &
the Panorama Exhibitions. The Arcades. City very quiet after
ten o clock. Back by 1/2 past 11, glass of ale, bed and
musquitoes.
  13. Thursday.   Taking omnibus at The Exchange    a
cursed kind of carriage without springs , was jolted some two
or three miles to Fairmount, with intent to see the water-works. 
River Schuylkill. Statues. Fountains, rocks, trees, very
prettily laid out.   Glorious view on the highest past   one
able to make a man thank God with all his heart for having created
such a beautiful world. The Waterworks. Hugh wheels revolving
  the rushing noise of water.   Delicious idling for an hour. Embarked
on a little Steamboat, and for 10 cents had a trip of the Schuylkill.
The lovely, refreshing verdancy of the woods on the bank mirrored
in the water, (the ripple-less, glass like water,) as distinct as if
another calm and beautiful world slept below.   There sat I, under
the awning of the gay little boat, (two flags with the stars and
stripes flying,) in a perfect reverie of delight, and gratitude
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twenty-eight
Description:Describes sight-seeing in Philadelphia, including a boat trip down the Schuylkill River.
Date:1849-09-12
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; River tourism; Swanacre; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Chestnut Street
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.