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 Odean  offered me by the landlord son  Bill , accepted it and went
there.   Trashy, farce lecture, a dance, and  New York as it is. 
Verily, of all the ill-hung-together stupidities ever displayed to set on
a quantity of barren spectators to laugh these pieces are the trashiest.
What would not Dicken s have made of the richly original character of
the New York B hoy, had it fallen into his hands;   in place of such
crude vulgarisms now applauded to the echo.     The best B hoy type I
have met in books, is, I think, in one of Philadelphia Lyyards [words crossed out]
melo-drame novels,  Jonesey the Biler . [words crossed out]
[line crossed out].
  29. Saturday.  To J B Halls with drawings   he out.  A ramble
about the quays, then called again, and again unsuccessfully.   After
dinner found him   a certain Mr Manning (artist there.)   Back
, read &c.     At night, out with a Mr Snow, whose acquaintance
I made in the bar-room below,   one of the stock-holders in the
late Cuba affair.	My Cambridge University acquaintance Curtis
called this morning.
  30. Sunday.   To the Seaman s Bethel Church, where I heard
the Mr Taylor, (Dickens-described in American Notes,) preach.   A
clumsy looking outside building, with blue-flag flying from the roof.
Inside the body of the church assigned by seamen, side pews, women &c
Half pulpit, half-rostrum, and sort of fresco-painted altar piece,
representing a ship on a stormy sea.	   The Preacher appearing
gave out a hymn, in a short, jerking unstudied manner.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Comments on seeing the play ''New York As It Is'' and hearing Mr. Taylor, who was described in Dickens' ''American Notes,'' preach.
Date:1850-06-28
Subject:Bill; Books and reading; Church buildings; Curtis; Dickens, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, J.B.; Manning (Boston); Religion; Sermons; Snow (Boston); Taylor, Edward; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[Boston, Massachusetts]; Cuba
Coverage (Street):Seaman�s Bethel Church
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.