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  1. Saturday.   I have resolved to diversify employments,
and the scene of them.  So to the Mercantile all the morning,
going through Blackwood s Mag.   Parton came there awhile,
and we returned down town together.       A letter from Han-
nah.          Inserted advertisement in the Tribune, for three
small bed rooms, one common sitting-room and partial board,
it having been drawn up by Parton, with intent that he, I
and Haney should abide together.     At Bank s in the evening,
he and O Mana there.                     I have omitted in last
month s chronicle to speak of Heylyn s visit to New York.
He came hither on an errand to dispose of a number of artificial
flies, he had made in lack of all Architectural employment.
It is the only thing in the world he can do   at 30.  Of course
he discovered that they could be made infinitely cheaper in New
York, and that he could not sell them.        His  Architectural  ex
perience has been cofined to one job, paying the rent for an
Office, and having cards printed.      His mother wearies of sending
him money, and he must do something.             For three days
was he here, talking in the old, joyless, lewd, desperately foolish,
wretched way   attempting to bully himself into the belief that he
could get a living, clutching at anything, but latently conscious of
his own wasted life,   incapable of amending it.            He made
me additionally miserable,   I even fancied a hideous parallel
between our non-successless lives, which frightened me.    An
unjust one too, God knows.  /           I had too, a kind, pleasant
letter from Dillon Mapother   now at Chicago.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Describes a visit of Edward Heylyn to New York to try to sell artificial flies he made.
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Heylyn, Edward; Heylyn, Mrs.; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Mapother, Dillon; Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.