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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 216, December 10-11, 1853

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Identifier: DX04131425

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 216, December 10-11, 1853

Description: Mentions a fire which has burned down the Harper's building.


which I had left for reparation. Drawing for half an hour, then again to Picayune Office. Got $25 paid for this weeks drawing & engraving, and drawing the Pictorial included. To [Edwin] Weeds & paid him. Much tumult, crowds returning from a Pearl Street fire. The Harper’s place said to be burned down. Back, drawing. Supped at Taylors, then made a drawing. Evening thus & reading.

11. Sunday. Came [Charles] Damoreau. / I, having dined at Gosling’s crossed to Brooklyn, and at the Fulton Hotel called on [Alfred] Waud. He was upstairs in his room, writing a letter for a Pole who lay on the bed, and who was about to start for Australia. [Joseph] Brightly coming up, Waud, he & I crossed to New York together. A mid, genial, sunny, idle day. To Franklin Square, where a great crowd was assembled gazing on the smoking, blackened brick heaps, and the huge gap extending all through to Cliff street, where ten huge buildings have been burned to the ground. Chaotic piles of smouldering ruins, a smother of white smoke offending the sunlight; (house fronts on the other side of the street in half ruins), one huge chimney standing up in the gap, scarcely discolored by the flames. Newsboys selling copies of “Harpers Magazine,” besmirched and blackened for a cent each. They say the Harpers have lost a million of $ by it, perhaps it will amount to half the sum. Two hours in the middle of the day did it all.

Now had I, two days back, idly turning over these then blank pages, been told — “that leaf will contain a brief putting down of the total destruction by fire of Harpers big buildings;” — what an amazed sort of interest it would have inspired the blank page with! Had the blank book, with the like intimation been

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fires
Publishers and publishing


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