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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 160, September 4-5, 1850

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Identifier: DX09581962

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 160, September 4-5, 1850

Description: Discusses his work, the arrival of firemen from Philadelphia, and Charles Brown's loss of his fiancee, Annie Ward.


smart New Englander. Found it was 2 when we got outside — Return, dinner &c Evening, went to [168] Duane, and out with Mr [Henry] Hart and Dillon [Mapother]. To the old pier, where we found a posse of Newly-arrived Philadelphia firemen with their hose carriage. And a most splendid affair it was, certain, I never saw the like. A picturesque scene, the tall, goodlooking firemen in their white coats, glazed hats and embroidered caps. Torchlight shewing the dazzling polish and glittering steel of the carriage to great advantage. A company of New Yorkers arrive in their red shirts, and all defile of to beat of drum. / At Paton’s, talking with the Priest, Reilly. Of Curran, Father Prout, of “Marks of the Screw,” of the “Hell-fire club,” and Irish notabilities, fifty years ago.

5. Thursday. Made a drawing, anticipating I might dispose of it to the Picayune or Atlas. Then out. A call at [Wardle] Corbyns, projector of a new theatrical journal yclept Figaro. Then to Picayune and Atlas Offices. No success. To the “Life” &c Back to [177] Canal, dull enow through drizzling rain. In the afternoon, at about 5, [Charles] Brown comes in, and lying down upon his bed tells me he has lost the girl he loves so dearly. Scarcely could I think it, at first, but it is. He had, in time back, with rare ingenuousness told her of his past follies, and sins. And one — [word crossed out] has produced this [word crossed out] retribution. A girl, good-looking, common place and sensual, had been innocent but for him; — he had seduced her. This he had as a sin, regretted; (but not expiated), told to the pure [words crossed out] creature

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-09-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fire hose
Fire fighters
Publishers and publishing


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