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cuts.   Snow lying thick enough for sleighing down Broadway,
bells jingling, huge omnibi-sleighs, curricle-sleighs, boxes on a slids,
all such of ice-vehicular contrivances.     Very cheery, healthy looking
sight.         Back to room, Hillard called, stayed awhile.    Eve-
ning Damoreau came.          I wrote letter to Swan.
  30.  Friday.     Down town to Express Office, with parcel,
containing cuts for Swan.       Snow falling thick and fast, jangle
of sleigh bells, and slippery pavement.   Dined at Gosling s,
calls, Wells & Webbs, Weeds &c.        Returning to room; 
with Waud to the Art Union Room, up town, snow flakes
thicker and faster than before, [whitening?] us all over.     Looking
at the prints for an hour or two, then returning through the
snow to my room.      Supped there, cooking ham slices at
stove, and in-doors during the evening.
  31.  Saturday.     Drawing.   Down town twice, to
Picayune Office.    Weed s &c, Wells & Webb.       Evening
Damoreau coming for me & Waud, to his house, there
to a pleasant unpre-meditated evening, tods and talks.
Thus saw the old year die; and half an hour after
parted with Waud at Broadway, and through the fast-
falling snow and icy-streets to my room.       Such folk
as were about, were all shouting and jubilant, in honor of
the New Year.         I feel more regret for the old than 
 anticipation about the New.      It s a solemn
time, passing these  mile-stones on the road to Eter-
nity.       God pardon all of us!  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes spending New Year's Eve with Alfred Waud and Charles Damoreau.
Subject:Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Frank; New Year; Swan; Waud, Alfred; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.