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to get sketches of the literary New York celebrities   a young French-
man, en blouse, trim moustache and Parisian politeness.   Got heads
of Bennett &c from his exquisite grotesque statuettes   unquestionably
the French have a fine eye for the ridiculous.    An hour thus, then
to Diedrich Knickerbocker s favourite walk   the Battery.   Drawing in
the afternoon.   And at night in a very agony of anxiety about money-matters.
  13. Saturday.  Drawing, and conversing with Mr. Johns, (the Egyptian
Syriac and Turkish traveller) in the morning.  Afternoon drawing in my
dull room, when the nigger brings up a letter   the letter.   Hand-shakes,
heart beats,   letter opened.   A check for the sum due and a polite and
friendly letter.   God bless that man    the Jew is indeed an excellent good
Christian.   How can I pen my joy?      /	    To Broadway   then
to Wall Street   too late for the Banks.	Evening out with Hart
and Mapother, to Book Auctions on Broadway   trashy jokes and fellows
grinning at them.   Whiskey and cigar.    Saw a crowd of the returned
firemen who ve been on a visit to Baltimore.   Band of music   the
 B hoys in their red-shirts and helmets, and their  gallus masheene,  by
torch light.
  14. Sunday.  With Mr Hart to Trinity Church.  Stained glass
windows.  Not at all in critical mood, but the sermon did not please me.
It was clerical conservatism   all to the exaltation, and glorification of  the Church 
  not what the Great Apostle meant by the word, but the veritable institution .
  15. Monday. To Wall Street,   cashed check. Call on Butler.   At
work on title for  New York Porcupine   till 10 at night.  Hardin Andrews
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and one
Description:Mentions sketching New York literary celebrities and receiving his check from Mr. Hart for the ''Mose among the Britishers'' drawings.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Firemen; Garbelle; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hart (publisher); Jews; Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Religion; Sermons; Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.