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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 51, September 23-25, 1852

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Identifier: DX01202618

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 51, September 23-25, 1852

Description: Describes witnessing a fire at a confectionary and French chocolate factory.


23. Thursday. Down town by noon, to the Reveille & Lantern Offices. Got paid $5 at the Latter & $3 as half payment for two other drawings I took there. Calls. Dined, to Castle Garden; — called on May, in Wall Street, and returned with a big piece of lead Ore, from a mine, of which he and others have control. To room [290 Broadway]. With [Alfred] Waud to sup at Goslings in the evening, had called on him at [E.H.] Chapin’s in the course of the day.

Now is it an hour past midnight & I’m to bed.

24. Friday. In doors, drawing hard, on wood, all the day, only going out to the “Shades” for dinner, & Shelleys for supper. Did the big Lantern filibustering cut, for [Thomas] Picton, and a notion to take to the Picayune. [Alfred] Waud called at 6, staying but a few moments. Day overcast & chill, threatening the usual equinoctial storm preluding Autumn.

25. Saturday. Being returning from breakfast at Sweeney’s, to the accompaniment [accompaniment] of the deep booming of the City Hall bell, there rushed by some five or six fellows with their Hose Carriage; I following it and then came to Duane Street, some five or six houses from Broadway, east side, where was the fire. It was at a Confectionary & French Chocolate Manufactory. The flames were raging within the top-most story & soon darted off of the casements, red and luridly wicked looking, volumes

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Confectionery
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Fire alarms
Fire fighters
Mineral industries


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