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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 105, April 24, 1850

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Identifier: DX09342877

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 105, April 24, 1850

Description: Comments on a lecture on phrenology and witnessing a fire in a shop on Front Street.


portfolio of specimen drawings: — they in their home-purity, — simple unquestioning belief in God and the Bible, ere the coarse world sadden them — a kind thought from one such gentle heart would be as an angels blessing. God bless them. / Return. After dinner at work coloring “Mose [among the Britishers],” proof of which arrived in the morning, before my going out. Don’t please me at all. [two lines crossed out] Evening with [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother to the Clinton Hall. [Lorenzo Niles] Fowler & [Samuel R.] Wells lecturing on Phrenology. (Common-place plaster-of-paris-phrenology. Bumpologizing; — a great science contemptibly and inelegantly set-forth. Bah. Returned and the fire-bells ringing consumedly, we three, and Scotch [William] Hunter set off. Arrived in John Street, fire out; — but the “masheenes” travelling on, and pedestrians the same, we follow in the wake. Hurrying down Wall Street, — anon the atmosphere becomes dense and painful to respiration — a ruddy glare in the distance. Arrived at Coeuties Shop — and we’re at the scene of action. A store in Front Street on fire, — burning downwards — blaze shooting up aloft in the cold night air, thick smoke blurring out the pale moon gliding silently on. A busy throng of gazers, b’hoys with their “engynes” working heroically, — huge pots of water, shoutings and clamour, dull heavy noise of the engines being worked, — hoarde bowling through trumpets, red flannel shirts and helmets, — hurry skurry, here, there, and every where. The fire progresses — wind wafts sparks across to a house in the rear, — and soon that is in flames. And then, how awfully beautiful was the scene; — when the red blaze lit up the distant windows, — the shipping, — the anxious faces of

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-04-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
Fire fighters
Girls' schools
Lectures and lecturing
Publishers and publishing
Fire extinction
Fire engines


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