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Office   but the  big dog of Arkansas  was out o the way   then
to Badeans   then to Putnams.     Perspiration, Tom Jones,
Rabelais and Emerson during the rest of the day.    I ought to get 
a letter from home ere long.
  8. Saturday. Commenced letter to the kind folks at Chalcombe
for to-day-starting-for-England Pepper, to take with him; but Mr
Johns coming, and intimating his willingness to initiate me into the mys
teries of his newly-invented window coloring, and requiring my company
to Astoria, frustrated letter-inditing intent.     Off with Johns, from
the Fulton ferry to Astoria   little Presbyter Church where for an hours space
we with perseverance, hot water and dinner knives busy ourselves in un
doing what he had, some days back been engaged in doing   Scraping off
coloured, oiled, varnished tissue paper, which had been irregularly put
on.  Another partially done window did not look amiss.         This over
we are ferried to Yorkville shore, and from there, per boat, conveyed to
Blackwell s Island.   Visit the Lunatic house, then to Elridge. Mr
Johns exhibits his plan, coshers a wee about Palestine etc, etc,   then
another hour and halfs delay ere we get pauper boatmen to convey us to
the York shore.  Jolted back to Duane in omnibus    hungry as a can-
nibal kept on allowance of half pint of periwinkles per diem   back
about 4.  Reading, scribbling, rain, feeble lightning, shining wet 
streets, sore throat;   thinking of Her I love, and that sadly
enow, is all concience.
  9. Sunday.  Battery walk, in company with Knickerbocker s
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Mentions helping Johns with a job scraping colored tissue paper from windows in a church.
Date:1850-06-07
Subject:Badean; Bilton, Mary; Books and reading; Church buildings; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johns; Putnam; Roosevelt Island (New York, N.Y.) (Blackwell´┐Żs Island)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Astoria, [New York]
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.