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16. Tuesday.  Work on  Porcupine    finished it in the afternoon.
Called at the  Life  Office, and at the  National  theatre, for the pur
pose of seeing Chauprau.     Crossed to Jersey in the evening, and at the
boot-store found old Collinson, who hath found occupation at Newark.
Got boots, and then to Hauns, and mounting sky-parlour found Hughie
lying in bed, Sandy sitting fumigating by.   Half an hour in talk,
then left. (This day changed room, to one in which Bryant has.)
  17. Wednesday.  Called at Hardin Andrew s office, and left sketch
with Mearson. Then to Butlers. Then to the Sunday Dispatch Office  
to the Atlas,   where the head-hitter, a  gross fat man  bade me
call again on Monday.   Walk around the East-river, and by the Bat-
tery Duane-wards.   Evening out with Hart and Mapother.   I
call at the  National  and see Chauprau   get his consent to dedi-
cate  Mose  to him,   (he about to visit England or there-anent.)    In
the  Arbour  with Mapother and Hart. Fine billiard-tables;   saloon
, men playing dominoes, picture of naked Bacchante lying in lazy
languid, luxurious position.      In the crack New York Bowling
Alley,  ten-strikes  players &c.   Looked in at Book Auction,
then boarding-house wards.
  18. Thursday. With Hart and Mapother for a days vagabon-
dize   latter with gun. Rode from Chatham Street to York-ville
in crazy, creaking, jolting omnibus   driver a hunch-back.  Saw
the unfinished upper part of New York. Dusty roads, white frame
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and two
Description:Mentions asking the actor Chauprau for permission to dedicate ''Mose among the Britishers'' to him, visiting Bill Collinson and Hugh Muir in New Jersey, and a night out with Dillon Mapother and Mr. Hart.
Subject:Actors; Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Bryant; Chauprau; Collinson, Bill; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Mearson; Muir, Hugh; Publishers and publishing; Sandy
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Newark, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Chatham Street
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.