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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 107, April 25-29, 1850

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Identifier: DX09351518

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 107, April 25-29, 1850

Description: Discusses his work, John Guire's funeral procession, and the deaths of seven others from the fire on Front Street from a collapsing wall.


[168] Duane and dinner. Afternoon coloring “Mose [among the Britishers].”

26. Friday. Coloring “Mose.” Evening out with [Dillon] Mapother. Left him at Jersey Ferry; — crossed and got boots left to be repaired when last there. Then returned, and a Broadway walk with Mapother. At Duane — an alarm of fire in the streets, and we rush out; — but it proving nought return, as do the b’hoys and their “masheenes.”

27 Saturday. Coloring “Mose.” Very irritable and queer.

28. Sunday. After cold bath, et cetera, took a stroll, with the intent of church or chapel-going, but finding myself in the Bowery, called on Empire City Moore, where I also saw Hawkins — the fellow’s rascally face not at all improved by the scissors of justice having clipped his flowing locks — Bah! fellow’s a skunk. Afternoon out with [Henry] Hart and Mapother, to Broadway, and Grand, where after waiting some three parts of an hour we witnessed the funeral procession of poor [John] Guire — All the firemen of New York had turned out in honor of it; — the line being some two and a half miles long, maybe three, bearing suitable inscriptions, each with crape on the left arm. A fine body they are too. This is right, and I like it. Evening rain prevented going out.

29. Monday. Coloring “Mose,” in Hart’s room, in company with Mapother — (Mr. Hart having some daily employment in a Jersey City Office — Mapother a pleasant, ingenous young fellow — not sensual in his talk, and with home-affections strong in him. Evening with him to the ruins of the fire, where this day, seven other men have lost there lives, by the falling of an adjoining wall. There it stood, all murky and black — the dirty pods and beams in the street, — a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-04-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
Fire fighters
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Clothing and dress
Fire engines
Fire alarms


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