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stream of water splashing downwards from an upper window on fire.
What a death bed for the poor fellows.  This has been a sad affair
all through. /    A walk on the Battery, myriad of bright stars
above, the wind and waves high beneath.  Talk of Creed and
Future Life.
  30. Tuesday. Finished coloring  Mose .  After dining, with
Mapother to Wall Street, where I despatched them to Philadelphia.
Then, by the fire-ruins, (where men were engaged in throwing
out bales of burnt cotton)   to the East-River.   Upon one of the 
Piers, opposite Brooklyn, gazing and speculating a la Spectator.
A lounge on the Battery then to Duane and supper. (Enclosed a 
letter to Hart in the drawings, stating my disappointment in the drawings
and offering to re-do them all on wood, free of charge, if he would go to the ex
pense of engraving them.
              May
  1. Wednesday.  Brief walk after breakfast to feel the morning air on my
face.  Being the First of May innumerable household migrations in progress
cartloads of chattels, carmen, confusion immutable and universal. Back
and desultory drawing in company with Mapother till sunset.   Evening
a ramble with Hart, Mapother and Joe Greatbatch, who resumeth hence-
forth Holtein sojourning. (Probably feeling the incompleteness of his own
character, he half-unconsciously yearneth for relief from such vapidity
and therefore resolveth on a renewal of boarding house existence.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and eight
Description:Mentions coloring his ''Mose among the Britishers'' drawings and the return of Joe Greatbatch to the boarding house on Duane Street.
Date:1850-04-29
Subject:Boardinghouses; Drawing; Fires; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hart (publisher); Lithography; Mapother, Dillon; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Wall Street; Duane Street
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.