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10. Friday.  To Brooklyn and Iron Store, where I found a 
tall, clean shaved, large-nosed, simple faced young fellow there,
at work  on trial  as a draftsman   speedily found him to be an
Englishman   he had been  raised at Putney, and talk of boats and
thereanent. 	     With the day concluded my job to the content of 
the Boss, (whom I like,) and informing him of my willingness ( Barky is
willin ) to his employ at the rate of $10, left.            And on reaching
Duane, and entering supper room found a letter penned by the dear
hand of her I love most dearly.    My last hath not reached   (evil betide
Yankee Postal rascality )   and she fears for me. God bless her!
  11. Saturday. To Badean s; talk of a  Mose in California 
en co-part-profit-nership   he being  willin .         With Mr Hart
in and about Wall Street. The Exchange   huge cupola, charts
and Washington Monument designs hung around;   men selling houses
or land,   small Knot of purchasers. Below a commercial restaurant.
Reading rooms adjoining.    Afternoon pottering about   books, talk with
Hart, and Mr Johns, our Palenstine and Egyptian Traveller.  After
supper he displayeth a small basket of curiosities, stones from the
Pyramids, small Egyptian hieroglyphic sculptured statuettes, Mussulum
beads and rosary, stones from wall of Jerusalem &c.    Pleasant
links for of past and present, if inspiring no deeper thought.  Your travel-
ler a worthy of all reverence and liking when pleasantly communi-
cative. Strange is it to be talking to a man who hath lived in Jeru-
salem and walked where He Trode.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Mentions receiving a letter from Mary, visiting the New York Exchange, and viewing artifacts from Mr. Johns' travels in the Middle East.
Date:1850-05-10
Subject:Badean; Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Johns; Stilwell; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Jerusalem, [Israel]; Egypt
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Wall 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.