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scape visible through the driving, splashing rain, as I with Irish
American gazed out at the rear door of the Cars.    Verily civilized
Anglo Saxon with all his mammon worship is a million times a nobler
creature than the howling, dogged red Indian, and has justly ousted
him. 	    More rain, some stoppages, more water below, and we
cross a swampy pod-besprinkled flat, and have done our 250
miles and are in Boston.    Shake hands with Americo-Irelander,
and in ten wet minutes arrive at Morton Place Milk Street.   About 
7 in the morning.    A dry before kitchen fire, then breakfast, then
ascent into bar-sitting room, where I sit down and score up this relen-
tical day and a halfs-cronichle.	Cigar, newspapers and at 1/2 past 1
dinner, and a capital one too.	       Then a stroll, up Washington Street, and
environs, the Common, the State-house, the notable tea-wharf.
Return, and at about 7, to bed.
  24. Monday.  Amends for last nights wakefulness by sleeping till
past eight.  Breakfast.  Wrote to Wing at Fall River, and to Brid-
gens, at Philadelphia.  Then, with drawings under arm to Post Office, 
and subsequently to Washington Street Publishers.    Phillips and Sampson
&c. Newspaper Editors Offices.  Wood Engraver.  Thus, busily en-
gaged all the morning.  Back to dinner, then out again, (only with-
out drawings), as a looker on in Vienna  .  To the Common   fine
well-treed enclosure.  Entred the State House and ascended to the top
from which is obtainable a noble view.    Charlestown with its Bunker
Hill monument, the Cochituate-water Reservoir, Medical Colledge
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes his first day in Boston.
Date:1850-06-23
Subject:Boston Common (Boston, Mass.); Bridgens; Bunker Hill Monument (Boston, Mass.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Massachusetts State House (Boston, Mass.); Native Americans; Phillips and Sampson (Boston, Mass.); Publishers and publishing; Travel; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[Boston, Massachusetts]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; Fall River, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Morton Place, Milk Street; Washington Street
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.