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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 233, September 15, 1860

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Identifier: DX02812009

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 233, September 15, 1860

Description: Describes seeing a failed attempt to see a hot air balloon go up.



An abortive Balloon Ascent.

usual, he [Alfred Waud] said he was too busy to call on me and that he was “getting rich,” showing a rent under his coat-sleeve in ironic corroboration — from whence I infer that he is malcontent with the Ill. News payments, as well as with all the rest of the world. His “wife” [Mary Jewell Waud] and family are in Brooklyn, Mrs [Celina] Jewell still in New Jersey. Up-town. By 4 P.M. to Jones’ Wood again. Arrived just as an accident had rendered the proposed ascent abortive. In inflating the balloon with smoke, burnt straw was used, and one of the articles — an old spirit cask-took fire, so to prevent the ignition of the balloon somebody threw a pail of water over the lower portion of it, when the wind rent it into tatters. It was constructed of brown Manilla paper, with vertical strips of calico or linen, binding the sheets together. I found little Coppia the aeronaut, a short, hook nosed, plump, black-haired Frenchman in a state of annoyance and perspiration about it. The balloon hung from [Charles] Blondin’s rope, like a prodigious collapsed gooseberry and seemed in danger of total destruction by the wind. Was addressed by [Joseph] Woodward and rode back to town in company with him and Mort Thomson.

Down town to the World Office in the evening to see [Manton] Marble, but the editorial rooms were deserted

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-09-15

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Artists
Clothing and dress


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