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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 144, July 23-25, 1850

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Identifier: DX09512098

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 144, July 23-25, 1850

Description: Discusses his work and Zachary Taylor funeral procession in New York.


“Porcupine” verily to come out in October (!) Drank with him and parted. Down Broadway, black bands swathing lamp and awning post, store and street sign; hoss soldiers, Artillery waggons, banners, drums, trumpets muffled; firemen companies, hot sunlight and blue sky — the white marble City hall and Park trees standing out in relief against it. The procession marches, crowd grows denser, [P.T.] Barnum’s covered with gazers, as indeed is every available eminence; Stewarts store with Old Zacks last words on it’s front “I have endeavored to do my duty.” Dust, heat, noise, crowd ad infuntum. To Mattice’s. Then after half an hour back, and up Broadway to [177] Canal. The huge procession not half spun its length then. / Now I wonder how many who in parade and Mars livery turned out to day, — how many among them had in heart a solemn thought of regret and honor for the brave and honest hearted old Soldier whose life was spent for his country? / Got letter from Phillips and Sampson with payment for drawing. Writing to my mother all the Evening.

24. Wednesday. All day Editorializing for Mattice. Over-hauling correspondent’s letters, writing answers, and slashing leaders, puffing notices, correcting proof, supplying printers with copy & as if to the manner born. Evening after a walk to Peck Ship called at Holts [168 Duane St.], and there saw [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother. Also Joe [Greatbatch], who’s unwell and has not been at work for the last day or two. There conversing about Mr Johns for an hour or so, then left and back to Canal.

25. Thursday. At the Life Office all day Editorializing to

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-07-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Armed Forces
Fire fighters
19th century
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Publishers and publishing


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