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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 74, January 8-10, 1850

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Identifier: DX08718715

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 74, January 8-10, 1850

Description: Describes an incident in which he was nearly hit by a train.

Transcription:

rich that, — not more than eight months and wrote a tale with that title!

9. Wednesday. To New York. Saw Hawkins [publisher of Empire City] — talk with him about writing long serial. He beyond measure pleased with the tale of Ike Charles. Agreed to accept a dollar a column for the “Revelations” So go ahead &mdash (I have resolved it shall be nothing in the licentious way, or to be ashamed of, afterwards.) Called on Warren Butler, and in Bobbett and Edmonds. Then to Jersey, and a very bad dinner. “Mose [among the Britishers]” in the afternoon. “Revelations” at night.

10. Thursday. This morning being up rather earlier, took a walk up to Bergen rocks, and, when about to return ran as great risk of a most horrible death as could well be. Thus it was that I am now sitting quietly here, in place of my body lying a hideous mass of dismembered fragments. Where the railroad track makes a sudden and abrupt curve, I was standing, as I often have been before on the one-side rails watching the locomotive pass on the other. Two had passed within a few minutes of each other, and I was quietly gazing, pipe in mouth, just about to plod Jersey-wards, when at the back of the cars I saw a man, with extreme alarm visible in his face, looking towards me, and pointing with his finger. I turn round, &mdash and have just time to leap aside when another train, passing in the opposite direction on my rail comes clanging by with all its restless horror. The noise cause by the first one had prevent-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-01-08

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Publishers and publishing
Railroads
Writing
Payment

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