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29. Sunday. Calling on George in the morning 
was then and there informed by him that he, last 
night, being outside the shop, standing on the  stoop  
did verily behold the spectrum,  double-ganger,  or 
bodily appearance of Dick Gunn pass by. May be. /
Over to New York together, and a walk on the Battery. Sun-
light, sparkling water, fresh breeze and philosophizing.
In the Afternoon he paid me a visit. 	Evening again to the
Battery, Joe being with us.
  30. Monday. To Bobbett & Edmunds, to Childs, (where 
I waited unsuccessfully and wearily for half an hour or more)
To Stringers. 	To Robert Roberts. To 136 Nassau.	 In 
the afternoon again to Childs. Postponement. To the publishing 
office of that estimable paper the  Scorpion.  To an Engravers in
Ann St.    To Wilsons again -a renewed treaty. To Butler s  
an Engraver near   proposal as to  Cholera.  	 Finally back 
to Jersey City, sad and half mad with the wearisome heart 
aching trying for work. 	A walk with George in the 
evening. Railed at Fortune and felt better afterwards.
  31. Tuesday. To Bonars, the lithographers and with him 
to Wilsons. 	Then to the  Era  Office. Then to Dunegans, 
publishers. 	Then Appletons. then Childs, then back.
Evening   with George and Joe to New York and under 
the latter s guidance to a species of American  Cyder Cellar, 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eleven
Description:Describes a trip to New York with George Bolton and a walk on the Battery by the water. Lists the publishers and lithographers he met while in search for work.
Date:1849-07-29
Subject:Appleton; Bonar; Bolton, George; Butler, Warren; Childs; Dunegan; Gunn, Dick; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Roberts, Robert; Stringer; Wilson
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):136 Nassau; Ann St.
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-two volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.