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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 89, April 28-30, 1851

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Identifier: DX01013208

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 89, April 28-30, 1851

Description: Mentions a visit to the Greatbatch family and witnessing a fire on his way home.


fied vanity, which must soon fall. [words crossed out] Bad pleasures are they, to fright the animals and kill them up after this sort! Why might not the poor birds live? Why might not the same sun that set on us, go down peacefully on the dim copse and rustling trees where they nestled together, to twitter and hop in the fresh morrows sunshine, the best images of happiness we can have? [words crossed out] / In doors, writing and drawing the remainder of the day.

29. Tuesday. Finished writing the first Chapter of Story. Davis the sailor gilder called. Afternoon to [Hardin] Andrews’, with story. There an hour in the printing shop. He hath taken a house, and intends keeping boarders. Don’t know whether to go there or not. Called in on unfortunate [Warren] Butler, found him dismal, as he anticipated he had been this day chased out of $26. /After supper, out, and after calling at Bayard Street, and finding that Joe [Greatbatch] had left there for the domestic roof, went to [174] Mulberry Street, and remained there till near 11. On quitting, the fire bells tolling sent me off in the direction of the place indicated. It was in Wooster Street, in the rear of Saint Thomas’s ruined walls. A crowd, as usual, a wooden building in a blaze at the top, and the firemen active in applying the adverse element. After an hour or so, they were effectual on the essay, and the lurid haze and forked-flame tongues gave place to murky smoke, whereat there were shouts of triumphant execration and renewed vigor put forth. I stood in the midst, and could not but admire the energy with which the fellows worked, and their determined row of faces. Left, and to [177] Canal, when the fire was fairly got under.

30. Wednesday. In doors the live-long day. Ceaseless rain, and dismal prospect out of doors. Gladdened some little by the advent of [Elisha] Hall Senior in the afternoon. Cross came in the evening. I must see about

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Birds
Fire fighters
19th century
Fire alarms
Fire extinction


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