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Boutcher and M to the Post Office.   Return.   Two Porcupinish sketches.
Walk on the Battery at night in company with Mr Johns and Mapother, on 
getting back fumigation and beer in the room of Mr Hart. Royal joining us.
  22. Wednesday.  Drawing in the morning. Afternoon to Badean s  
At night drawing, (political caricature,)   Mapother in the room with me, &
Joe.   The latter sometime writing, sometime snoring.  The former reading
aloud the to-day-published number of Dicken s Copperfield.  Rain out of doors
and nobody abroad.   Veritably [Johall?], in time to come recollect these evenings.
  23. Thursday.  Drawing  The California Question  till Evening.  Then Ma-
pother and Mr Johns coming into my room start the proposition of jug o punch and
fumigation;   the which is carried out, Mr Royal joining us. /   While
Joe and I were undressing we see big fire over the house tops.
  24. Friday.  To the  Atlas Office where I dispose of the Californy sketch,
gross fat man, and another there. To Wells and Webb for block. Drawing
on it during the afternoon. Internal disagreables all day. Evening, a bit of
a walk on the Wharf   saw the to-day arrived Ohio (bringing the Cuba news). Back
took emetic,   wretched retching   purging,  all sorts of stomach agonizations.
  {25. Saturday.     Drawing.   Jalaping, castor oil-taking, throat gurgling,
  26. Sunday.}     neck bandaging to any extent.   Royal playing the part of
Good Samaritan to me;   the man is a true Christian if there ever was one
in the world.    Wrote to Bridgens.
  27. Monday.   Somewhat better. Drawing Californy caricature in Mr Harts
Room. In the evening a long Broadway ramble with Mapother.
  28. Tuesday.  At bar room in Broadway, there expecting to find Andrews
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and nineteen
Description:Mentions his work and an illness.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Badean; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Boutcher, William; Bridgens; Drawing; Fires; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.