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it had been snowed into,   the dust lay thick close covering everything.
Floor, table, chairs, papers buried.      T was like entering the apart-
ment of a dead man.       To Erford s for supper, the old sign being
still up, but the place possessed by two young fellows, whov e improved it.
By the time I had dispatched my mutton-chops and ale, Kelly and Whipple
came in, and presently Mr Hart.   He has been here some time, about
the maps, but designed return on the morrow, which however, in consequence
of my arrival he postponed.     Had to give  em an account of my rambles.
Swinton came.   Ale, tods, and talk.        How strangely familiar, but
also inexpressibly pleasant it was to be again sitting in the well known,
well lit, comfortable room, with friend s voices in your ear, and their faces
beside you; to do this and muse on that dreary ride and the dismal
nights   all ended now.          Swinton & Fay have parted, the latter having
with his equally knavish brother swindled Swinton.   The Barnum & Beach
 Illustrated  is defunct.   Leslie employs Brightly & Damoreau.  Brightly
has saved a man s life from drowning at the Fulton Ferry.  /            To my
cock-loft by midnight, where gingerly taking off the sofa-lid of my bed, I
finding the dust had not penetrated therein; undressed, and to bed and
asleep, with thick, funeral-like dust lying all around me.
  23.  Wednesday.   Woke up from heavy fatigue-induced sleep, with a
start of wonder at where I was.   Not on a boat on a Western river,   not
in Louisiana,   but again in bustling, striving, hearty, manly, quick-blooded
New York!    Hurra for it!   Up, and to work, cleaning out.  Again
donning the split, torn and darned blue pants I have been so long journeying
in, I rolled up sleeves, and at it.     Put up stove, washed, scrubbed, brushed
and swept, lit fire, dusted, cleaned like a score of Biddies.    Being
about 11, partly through, on the staircase getting water, forth from Swin-
ton s room whither he d been to enquire about me, came Newberry.   I
was right glad to see him, and Waud also.  Up they came; and after
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and one
Description:Describes having dinner with friends upon his arrival back to New York, and cleaning out his room, which has accumulated dust while he was away for three months.
Subject:Brightly; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fay; Fay (Brother); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kelly; Leslie, Frank; Newberry, J.S.; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Whipple
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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-one 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.