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companied him.    A room atop of a house, occupied by Mrs War-
ner.           She, Brightly, two foolish young Men, and a young Woman,
(married,) there.       Brancy punch and fruit and cigars & talk.  And
presently the landlady came up.        A fat, familiar, romping, 
improper sort of woman, sitting on men s knees and chattering.    We were
here for two hours, I saying not much, eating almost for the most
part; then away, glad to do it.      Supped at the Fulton, then to New
York, and Vesey Street.         A pleasant evening at Damoreau s.    His
wife had decorated the room with immorteles and greenery, produced oyster
stew, tureen pill, and all sorts of festivities, the which we were scarce
able to do justice too.          Charley is 
leading a better, more truthful life now, than ever yet.         Left at 11 1/2
Waud having gone a little before.                           In how many houses
in old England shall I be kindly remembered to day?     In one
I know, my dear Mothers eyes will moisten when they drink my health
after dinner.   (I hope Sam and his Wife are with them !)        And
perhaps in kindly Chacombe.      And George Bolton may think of me,
silently.          And   Mary Bilton may yet remember many things
identifying me with dead and gone Christmasses; and wonder what
part of the World holds me, now.               Well! God bless all!
Barth will think of me in icy little Mackinac,   even as I think
of him.  And Boutcher, in Ninevah.      Real friends 
[words crossed out] both.
  26.  Monday.  To Levisons.  A solitary day, drawing hard,
no visitors at all.      Commenced a letter to Swan in the evening.
  27.  Tuesday.  Down town after breakfasting to Wells &
Webb s, to get blocks.     There, meeting Brightly he told me how
the huge newly built clipper ship the Great Republic was on
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Regarding his thoughts of friends on Christmas Day.
Date:1853-12-25
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Boutcher, William; Brightly; Christmas; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Levison, William; Swan; Warner, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Vesey Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.