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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 53, September 25, 1852

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Identifier: DX01203599

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 53, September 25, 1852

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


flat surface where were many lookers on straggling about; at the extreme corner I found engraver Copcutt, looking down on the crowded street & into the burning building. By him I was told of the death of an individual, — which however he erroneously supposed was caused by a fall from housetop. It afterwards appeared that the man — a fireman had been struck by the hoisting wheel of the building, while in the lower part of the house. The poor fellow died very soon, at the adjacent City Hospital. Some others were hurt by falling stones. / To my room [290 Broadway], Swinton & Fays. Wrote words for Reveille Cuts &c then down town, to Picayune Office. To Sachem Office, leaving big drawing on wood for Lantern, for [Thomas] Picton’s inspection. To the Post Office & Randalls. Met [John] Watson. To the Lantern Office, [Thomas] Powell, [A.F.] Banks, [William] North &c there. Picton came with [John V.] Wren, ‘President of “the Lone Star Association,” & my cut, out with them. To Reveille Office & [Cornelius] Mathews. About till 2 1/2 when I had got the cuts safely delivered in &c. Dined, called on Lockington &c, [Alfred] Waud, Lantern Office again. To room, and with Waud & [Augustus] Fay in the evening to the Lyceum, there to see Sheridan’s Rivals played. [John] Brougham played Sir Lucius excellently, — and indeed every part was as well done as might be, — a capital nights entertainment. An extravaganza of Lover’s hight

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-09-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Confectionery
Fire fighters


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