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half an hour s talk, Newberry went off for the Crystal Palace.   He had,
last night opened, from the west.     Waud tarried longer, giving me news,
then left.  I to work again.    Effected clearance of old clothes by rigging out
small urchins who came up to sell matches.    By nigh 3 I had nearly
reduced room to order, and got hungry.        Dined at Erford s.  Got hair
cut.     Went to old place in Canal Street & had warm bath, rasping and
shampooing myself to an intensity of cleanliness. (When, yester-evening I arrived
in New York, I looked like unto a very haggard, dismal Californian.)  Then,
feeling comfortably clean in every garment; to Mulberry Street.   Found Mary
Anne, but Mr Greatbatch and boys soon appeared.   Letters awaiting me.
Supped with them, stayed till 7 1/2, then to room.    Wrote note to New-
berry designing to leave it at his hotel, but met him in Broadway, while
on the way thither.     To Thompson s together, had a stew, then to
Erford s.   Parted at 10, and I to my room and bed, there to uninter-
ruptedly read home letters.  /    I m not ashamed to write that I cried
over  em.         O home! O dear mother, never more deeply loved
than now; lying so deep and close in my heart   what will the meet-
ing with ye be?            My mother & father have been to Neithrop,
on a visit.       There s two railroads to Banbury, two termini; and the
old town is lit with Gas!     It is laid on in the old farm-house.
Uncle and Aunt looking   older; Henry  stout,   William, a coal-merchant,
and  beau    bah !          George quiet & studious   as wont.   John, married,
in wool trade at Ensham.     Dick a chemist at Sunderland,   Edwin, a
pinafored spoiled child in my recollection, trying grocer trade in Banbury.
Rosa & Sarah Ann discontented with house-drudgery.  /   The [word crossed out]
Chacombe folks   now God bless them!   are well, and
happy.        They haven t forgot me.   The old grandfather is 88.        The
old Priory is empty again.       /      Kate Gardiner, whom I recollect, as
visiting us in John Street days, is dead, & has left four children.  /   One
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and two
Description:Describes a letter received from his mother regarding friends and family in England.
Subject:Bolton, Edwin; Bolton, George; Bolton, Henry; Bolton, John; Bolton, Mary; Bolton, Richard; Bolton, Rosa (Gunn); Bolton, Sarah Ann; Bolton, William; Gardner, Kate; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Newberry, J.S.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Mulberry Street
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.