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upon an engagement with Williams & Stephens, the frame makers,
decorators &c, to superintend and control a new establishment.
He s to have $1500 a year, and five per cent on all he makes.
Out with him, parting in Centre Street, then to my room.   Could
not write or draw, or do anything.   Miserable as ever.
  30.  Sunday.  Dined at Ittners, then by 2 to Parton.   All
the afternoon at our compilation, going through Cowper, Thomson,
Lamb &c, till Haney came.     I & he supped at the Turkish
 Kahve , and then joined Parton at his relatives, the Edwards .
Stayed till 10  , then parted, I with the  Newcomes,  complete, (of
Partons.)     Haney s a kindly little man, in addition to his shrewd
good sense.     I told him a little of my nervous disorder, and he
wanted to know if I was short of money.     A rainy night.
  1. Monday.   A pitilessly drizzling day, sans intermission.
Drew Avery s things in the morning, to the Mercantile Library
in the afternoon, there to go over Punch Vol s for Compilation.
Till 5   there, got very wet walking back, had tea and toast at
Goslings, then to my room & writing.    I have done, this eve-
ning (upon which I write,) nearly a Chapter of  Boarding House
Phisiology, and trust that the black hour is past.   God grant
  2. Tuesday.  Powell, & an obtrusive companion of his, up for
a call.  Drawing till 1, then to Avery s with the result, & got
$5.  Fed at Fulton Market, to Post Office & return.   Writing
all the evening.   Rainy night.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Regarding his work with James Parton on compiling a book of comic British poets.
Subject:Avery; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Powell, Thomas; Whitelaw, Matthew; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Centre Street; Fulton Market; Mercantile Library
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
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-one 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.