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handed to one of the firm, what a rueful interest he d have had
in it!        Yet it all lay quietly hidden in that Saturday afternoon,
To Be.      A plumber pitches a match with a pan of camphene,
and lo   the result.      
I wonder how few men speculate on where the tree grows which will
accommodate them with coffin-planks.      Far away perhaps, yet they ll
get together in due time.   What sort of a room shall I die in?
Maybe, some one will read this, who ll   know.          I know
not that, however.      /                            Parking with the twain
Waud & Brightly on their way up town, to visit Darley, I went
to my room, and had been there but few moments when Royal
& Bush came.       They live 488, 8th Avenue, whither I ac-
companyed them in the cars, supped, and stayed the evening, tal-
king of my journeyings & a plan of building a house, which Royal
has at Fordham.          Left at 10, care, called at Beach Street,
and heard, well content thereat that Mrs K was invisible, so home
to Carlyle on Doctor Johnson, and bed.
  12. Monday.  Drawing busily.  After dinner, up to Levison,
to show him cuts.   Return.        Reading Haw-
thorne s  Scarlet Letter  all the evening, Hillard having lent
it me, calling this morning.            A book of marvellous power, 
and intensity.
  13. Tuesday.  Down to the Picayune Office. Returning,
drew hard all day.  Hillard called and sat an hour or twain
in the morning, Waud in the evening.      I visiting till half
an hour past midnight, to Boutcher.
  14. Wednesday.  Up town to Levison, where I met Alcock.
Down town to Weeds, Picayune Office, Hutchings &c. Dined,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and seventeen
Description:Regarding the fire which has burned down the Harper's building.
Date:1853-12-11
Subject:Alcock; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Brightly; Bush; Darley; Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Hillard, Frank; Hutchings; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Levison, William; Royal, Frank; Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):488 8th Avenue; Beach Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.