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Cambride apparently a chaos of skeleton shanties in a marsh  
Subsequently a country road, and pleasant enough.	    Somehow I am
always happier when alone, than in every-day company.  I have higher,
quieter and purer thoughts, and no irksome irritability mars self-res-
pect.  /	   Cambridge, and its colleges.  Talk with a young student
(yclept Curtis) while standing at the entrance of one of the buildings.     Of
English Oxford, of American Politics and thereanent.	I think many
a young American, must look back with pleasant thoughts to quiet days of study
passed in this same University of Cambridge, when in the thick of the go-
ahead, and material life, all rarely avoid plunging into.
  27. Thursday.  Breakfast over, re-trode my last nights walk, and
some two or three miles further, over hot dusty, quiet roads and lane, tree-
shade above, and the sweet scent of new-mown hay on the air.    Arrived
at Mount Auburn Cemetery, and two solemn, peaceful, healthful hours
there.   It is larger; and of more pretensions then Laurel Hill;   as
beautiful, yet to my thinking, not more so.  Hill and declivity, buzzing
of summer insects, trees throwing a sunlight-chequered shade over quiet
burial places. (Yet the Schuylkill was wanting.)      Some queerly-simple
monuments   like Brobdignag dice set in order.     Byzantine-early-
english-no-style church with stained glass windows.   /	Rode back on
omnibus top.   Dinner, read, and doze.   Evening a ramble through
the city, across bridge, and to South Boston, and thereabout.
  28. Friday.  Making sketches for J B Hall s  Fireman s Book  all
the morning and afternoon.  A dull, dank day.  Out with them.
Evening a ramble through the city; returning, and having ticket for the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Mentions visiting the University of Cambridge [Harvard University] and talking to a student there.
Date:1850-06-26
Subject:Cemeteries; Curtis; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, J.B.; Harvard University; Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia, Pa.); Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Mass.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):Cambridge, [Massachusetts]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.