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walk on the Battery with Mapother.
  18. Saturday.  Drawing.  In the afternoon to Greene Street, left
the blocks and got paid.     Ruminatively returning called at Clarkson
Street, (next door to the house at which, on the memorable Fourth of May, I,
in old velveteen coat, antiquated boots and cap, speered for Mr Greatbatch
residence.)    Had tea there, and Mr G and the boys coming in, sate talking
awhile, then Duane wards.         Walk at night round Saint John s Square
in company with Mr Johns and   Joe.
  19. Sunday. commenced well, by early exit from bed to bath. After
breakfast, accompanied by Mr Royal, (London gold beater and kindly honest
hearted man ) and a violin string manufactering friend of his, to the Battery,
where in the sunlight, and by the waves we chat a while. At 10 or so
I leave and to Murray Street Chapel. But Chapin did not preach, albeit
he was there, another.        Dinner. Then with Mapother, Royal and
juvenile Frank Royal off for a long Hoboken vagabondize. Nieuw Amster-
dammers out in great force, day being lovely, verdant and mustard color-
ed pants, girls in white muslin and all colors. Stroll along the pleached
margent of the river, now finding a big hornet, now some queer botanical.
Witnessed a boat upset, and the b hoys therein drenched.   And after
proceeding some distance beyond the Sybils  Cave we all three, at a vast expen-
diture of the breath of life scale the craggy well treed sides of the steep rocks 
some five hundred feet more or less.  And then for a most rustical ramble
, most sylvan wanderings.  Exquisitely varied lichens and moss, cedars, syca-
mores, ash, (and more from Spenser s Catalogue.) Little pods with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and seventeen
Description:Describes a Hoboken walk with Mapother, Royal, and Royal's son Frank.
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johns; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Nature; Religion; Royal, Frank; Royal, Frank, Jr.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Greene Street; Clarkson Street; Duane Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.