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Welcome to thee,  leafy month !  None the less that during thy pleasant
time, mine own dear girl was born.   Ah me!  my heart is very sad
and heavy;   how shall I keep the anniversary when it comes?
  1. Saturday.  To Badeans, to Caugheys, to Orrs;   stroll up
Nassau;   Broadway   the  Arbour exterior.  Then a dull-headed world-
wearied rumble along the North River, Battery-wards.    Then back to
boarding barrack
  2. Sunday. Battery ramble in the morning. Sketch published in the
days  Atlas .       Afternoon with Joe, Mr Hart, Royal, Mapother and Scotch
Ferguson to Hoboken, dog Salon going with us. Hot sun, crowd of pleasure
seekers, both masculine and feminine, straw hats, white muslin. Cliff
climbing as before, and a long ramble through trees and under wood,
coasting the marsh.   Emerging from thence, nearly got into a  muss 
with some seven or eight b hoys, (who according to Scotch Ferguson had been
engaged in something exceedingly atrocious, with some wretched female drunkard
in the woods.)            Reply to some witticism on my part, turning the laugh
 gainst the most ill-looking desperado of the lot, he riled up and fol-
lowed me.  But for his fellows being more peaceful in mood a general
fight would have been the result   possibly ribs-breaking or knife stab-
bing. As  twas we  scaped, and well that was so.   The fellow
was a fine animal, and in good physical condition   he d have
licked me, do what I could. 		Scotch Ferguson made tracks as
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes a walk to Hoboken with men from his boarding house and almost getting into a fight with some men they found there.
Subject:Atlas.; Badean; Bilton, Mary; Caughey; Dogs; Drawing; Ferguson; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Orr; Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street; Broadway
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.