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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 87, February 9-13, 1850

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Identifier: DX08768857

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 87, February 9-13, 1850

Description: Mentions visiting the site of a recent explosion and witnessing an ''Indignation'' meeting of the New York newsboys.


Drawing all day — till 11 at night. Industry and indigestion to the greatest possible extent.

10. Sunday. Afternoon Fred and Edward [Greatbatch] came. Out with them to the scene of a recent explosion, nigh the Bowery — some 90 lives lost. Narrow lane, crowds of people, piles of brick and timber, house down. / Up Broadway with the boys. Christopher Street. Mr. [Joseph] Greatbatch — foot festered. There till 9, then return to [168] Duane.

[11. Monday through 12. Tuesday] “Mose [among the Britishers]” each day, sans pause till past 10 at night. Unwell, irritable, melancholic, misanthropic. / Here’s a bit of a gestative philosophy — Never knew a good-humored healthy-minded fellow — (a Pantagruelist in short) — who liked meat when over-cooked. This I believe in. / This day, or rather night finished Stone 2. Have drawn four double-drawings during the last fortnight — litho-work too.

13. Wednesday. Getting a box made, and the two stories into it; a car man to take it down to the Pier. Weary, weary, porter’s work. That done rambled on to the Battery, and there met Herr Rothschild of Wenham reminiscences, and a companion of his. Rambled back to the Park in company with them. An “Indignation” meeting of the New York Newsboys there. Rothschild and crony left. I met Garrison and Moore, the two printers I had seen employed on the “Empire City.” (Hawkins condemned to thirty days imprisonment.) Joe [Greatbatch] having lent me [Frederick] Marryat’s “Little Savage,” its perusal set me on reading Robinson Crusoe — (of which it is but a plagiarism adapted

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-02-09

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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