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Badean taketh me to Nassau St, where from him I learn that
the job in question is to be done in Brooklyn.
  7. Tuesday.  Crossing at the Fulton Ferry, met Badea at 9 by the
City Hall; from thence to Court Street, a large Iron Store and
Factory;   owner a brisk and business like Yankee.   I am set to 
work to draw on a wood block as many iron-made verandas, window guards
brackets &c as will go on   some from big drawings, other from the objects
themselves.  Iron-clash and tramping above, fire heat and smithy work in
the rear   self and a thin clerk yclept Johnson at the opposite sides of 
a big desk-table situate in a small iron-railed oasis mid the big show
room.   1 o clock and with Clerk Johnson I dine at an upper room in
the rear of City Hall, looking out on a formal, wild, trim, fantastic
dreary-walked, lively-blossoming garden.  Return to store and wood
block again, and thus till 6, then Duane-wards.
  8. Wednesday.   To Brooklyn and Stillwells again, and the day
passed as before, save that I ate my self brought dinner alone. 
Driven out in the  boss s  waggon in order to make a sketch of a cer-
tain rail window guard.            At quitting he inquireth what I would
take for steady permanent employ   whereto I reply by stating I
will cogitate thereon.
  9. Thursday. At work all day on the Abbotsian subject, &
left it, for them, in the evening.  Walk with Mapother, in at
the Art Union picture exhibition, also Book Auction.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Discusses a two-day job making drawings of products for the owner of an Iron Store.
Date:1850-05-06
Subject:Badean; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johnson; Mapother, Dillon; Stilwell
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street; Court 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.