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up  Bowery.  Imbibition, fumigation and harmonizing 
by male and female performers.	A few Scotch songs well 
sung   and nigger ones perpetrated in a series of shrieks 
and gasps   lady singer in such a hurry that she d could 
not wait to finish one line ere she began another.
			        /
   August
  1. Wednesday. To Wilsons. It being ascertained that 
the  getting up  of  Cholera in Gotham would be 8 p cents each 
copy, and as they would but sell for 25, the obese indi-
vidual there presiding declined having them. Called in at
Bobbett & Edmonds   then to Childs   saw Yankee Jocelyn, 
then to Jersey.		Evening, needing a pair of  pants,  
made an acquaintance with a Germanic, polish, Englishified
Schnieder   possessing an English wife, divers children, and 
a great dislike to America. 	A walk about 
the treed street of Jersey with George, subsequently.
  2. Thursday.	 To the Schneider again. 	A call in at 
the Pork Store. 	Afternoon to New York   Childs . Got 
the MS Fairy Tales to look over, and take with me.
Reading it the rest of the afternoon. 	A walk with
G and J, ending in a game of dominoes.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twelve
Description:Comments on a night out drinking and the male and female performers he witnessed. Describes his day seeking work.
Date:1849-07-31
Subject:Bolton, George; Childs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Greatbatch, Joe; Jocelyn; Music; Publishers and publishing; Reuben
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
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.