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bidding adieu to the Bruce about to embark en  Mechanic s
own  for Californy.
  6. Monday.	Through a dismal rainy morning to
New York.   Talk by the way with a poor fellow from Scot-
land.	 Had thirty shillings a week there, at his trade, here
could get nothing to do.     He was about applying in answer
to an advertisement for volunteers for the overland route to Cali-
fornia. /	At Appletons. Proved a true publisher   6 dollars
for drawing worth 10     Needs must, when    The proverb s
somewhat musty.	To Childs for wood block.	In the
afternoon the boys brought me letters from England, wherefore I mark
this day with a while stone. One from my Mother, one from
Naomi, and one from my own dear Mary.	My heart was
full, and ran over from my eyes at them.
  7. Tuesday. Great talk at breakfast and dinner of the
 muss  yesterday.	Thus it was   a party of New Yorkers, 
fire-men militia, being over here dining, got insulted, or did in-
sult some Jerseyites.	Musket-discharging, stabbing with bayonet,
pugilistics and staring. Their Captain captured, and divers
folks wounded. The row I heard, and partly saw, during
yester-afternoon, from my window. /	Drawing all 
day, and finished Block No. 1. A bathe with George in
the evening. Very peculiarly nasty water, near the shore  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fourteen
Description:Mentions meeting a man from Scotland who is volunteering to join a party to travel overland to California. Describes the trouble caused by a party of New York firemen who came to New Jersey to dine.
Date:1849-08-05
Subject:Appleton; Childs; Bolton, George; Firemen; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Bilton, Mary; Gunn, Naomi; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; California
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.