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ing to change linen (he and Rodel lugged their
luggage ashore, only to bring it back) had been in-
vited into an extremely hot kitchen or scullery,
from which the servants had just been routed!
Being of rather sensitive constitution, the past two
days had almost upset him, unlike the jolly
Frenchman, his companion.  Sundry sports in
progress, among others a boxing match between
two sailors, with gloves on.      As usual, they lost
temper and pitched into one another with all the 
vigor of wrath and earnestness.           Below, I find
the stewardess establishing women in our cabin,
and am entreated and cajoled into removal to an
adjoining one, in one of the berths of which, I
by 9   esconce myself, little Boweryem tempo-
rarily in another.        (The steamer which put him
on board having departed during our feed, he
resolves to return to New York by the Great East-
ern.)        Presently two of the occupants came down,
and we have a talk, when they go off as anon
does Boweryem.    I take a turn on deck, pre-
sently returning and to bed comfortably enough.
By 12 an officer of the ship came pounding at
the doors, wanted to see tickets, saw mine,
declared that he shouldn t disturb me, but blew
up stewardess.        The woman, a dark-haired,
rather pleasant-looking English-woman, of the Mrs
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Describes an excursion aboard the Great Eastern.
Subject:Boweryem, George; Great Eastern (Ship); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Rondel; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, New York
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.