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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 58, September 29-30, 1852

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Identifier: A0632-00005

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 58, September 29-30, 1852

Description: Describes the scene of a recent fire.

Transcription:

Supped at Shelley’s, then to [174] Mulberry Street. Mr [Joseph] Greatbatch out, being officiating at Mr Alcock’s Panorama of [Winfield] Scott’s Victories in Mexico. He returning, I stayed till 10.

30. Thursday. Drawing on wood, three “Picayune” subjects, two minor, one two-column. Dined at the “Shades,” then down town by 3 1/2. Called at Bunnells, at the Lantern Office, then to Randall & [Edwin A.] Weed at Dickenson’s place. Left cuts for them, — (they being both at work on my drawings.) Met Ab Brown, — snobbish as usual. Hath had a letter from Charley [Brown], — he flourishing. / Crossed to Brooklyn, called at Dunsiers, door closed; called on his mother & learnt both had gone off suddenly, anticipated to New London down east. (Mrs Dempster, the Nova Scotian widow whom whilome dwelt at Paterson’s when I sojourned there, being there.) Rambled across towards Atlantic Street, passing Bartons Packing-box factory, with the recent addition of a prodigious chimney; and presently came to the spot which a recent fire had devastated. A whole block of buildings burned to the cellars, scorched & blackened wall, reek and smother, charred embers and little devilish flames darting their red forky tongues out here and there among the grimy mass. Lots of children & loafers about. Some three or four human beings perished here. A soaked

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1852-09-29

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Children
Death
Fires

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