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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 57, October 14-15, 1860

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Identifier: DX01323134

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 57, October 14-15, 1860

Description: Describes seeing Charles Blondin's final performance in New York for the season.



Reportorial. [Charles] Blondin’s Egotism.

14. Sunday. A ceaselessly wet day and cold withal. Sitting in my room with a shawl wrapped round my legs for warmth, writing account of the Firemen’s parade, from 11 A. M. till nearly 9 P. M. the rain driving furiously against the window-panes and making a transparent blotch against on the blind, where a pane is broken. [George] Boweryem with me part of the time and all the evening. At 9 turned out, down town in 6th Avenue car, slipped M.S. into “World” letter-orifice and returned up-town in the same manner, the rain never pausing and everything dreary enough.

15. Monday. Office. But half my article in paper, the rest probably crowded out, though praised. [Edmund] Stedman suspicious about it. Off up-town. In the afternoon to Burton’s book auction, anon to Jones’ Wood to witness Blondin’s final performance for the season. This consisted of his walking in stilts along his rope, which he effected in twenty minutes space, traversing the rope before and after in his usual manner. I was with him while dressing when the beggar talked about nothing but himself, and his feats and general importance. Met Mort Thomson after, a “Sun” reporter and was introduced to Harry Jen-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1860-10-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Tightrope walking
19th century


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