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ductory Bostonian epistle to the partner of the daguerrotypist it was des-
tined for, (he himself being in California.)       Engravers, publishers
and editors.    A Mr J B Hall, printer and projector of a  Firemans
books.    Informed of a projected  Boston Punch    endeavour to hunt up
the projectors.         Busy morning.  Back to dinner at 1/2 past 1  
then dozed all the better part of the afternoon.	After supper a
long five mile walk and back.  Through, and beyond Roxbury,
and along a certain Deadham road.   But for the telegraph wires
now and then skirting the road, I might have been in the heart of dear
old England, so quietly beautiful was the landscape.   Sweet scents on
the air, sweet and peaceful sounds on the ear, and gratitude and
happiness in heart.   Now cordling out the jovial songs of Autolycus  
		 Jog on, jog on, the footpath way   
now in sober musing as to the future and past.          Returning heard
a queer note of a [word crossed out] tree frog somewhat like a grave sonorous tine from 
accor-
dean ; yet more abrupt.   Fireflies in the grass and hedges, and the
broad yellow moon s glory bringing Homer s description into mind.
  26. Wednesday. More campaigning mong engravers and Publishers
till noon, then another ascent to the summit of the State House.     A
ramble throughout and around  the Common .   Dinner, reading and making
 dark night of part of the day .    Evening off for a walk to Cambridge
Over a quarter-of-a mile-long bridge spanning Charles river;   huge
clouds checquering the sunset,   in shapes like megatherium or itchyo-
saurus or Buckland-knaro-what ante-Adamite reptiles. Old
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Describes his day visiting publishers and engravers in Boston looking for work.
Date:1850-06-25
Subject:Books and reading; Boston Common (Boston, Mass.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, J.B.; Massachusetts State House (Boston, Mass.); Publishers and publishing; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Boston, [Massachusetts]; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Deadham Road
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.