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intensely dreary, until I borrowed of  Bill  a certain novel,
 Wuthering Heights  [entituled?] by the author of  Jane Eyre ,   may
 ve, as I ve read none of hers, but I have not herd the title used
in connection with her  Shirley  or  Jane Eyre . 	     This same Wu-
thering Heights is a strange wild story, mighty original, and
scarcely a personage in it has not a very devil of Temper.  If tis,
written by a woman, she is vastly superior in intellect to the Ellis, 
Bremer and L L  race. (Not L E L, God bless her, but the  literary [codics?]. 
  2. Tuesday.   Day dull and damp. Growled at the notion
I shan t be able to visit Lowell, if I wish to get back to New
York by the Fourth.   To Halls. Got two blocks. Back, at
at work on them till 9 at night. 
  3. Wednesday.  To J B Halls, and got paid.  With him to Reddings,
where I left him.    Call at a big piano-forte establishment in Washington
Street, as a man who invited it the other night at Parks .   From
thence, and another glance at Faneuil Hall.   /    I do not know but
that Coopers intensely dull Lionel Lincoln might not prove readable after
seeing Boston.    Back to Morton Place. Dinner, rain setting in thick
and fast, doze till 3; then hurried off to the  depot  to inquire the
time of starting and fare.  Across the wet common, to the Boston &
Stanington terminus.  Back, bill paying, handshaking, and off again.
Fare paid, seat in cars, and off I go from orderly, clean, intellectual
most kindly Boston.	/     For a model American city I would say
clear off New York from Manhattan Island, bodily transplant Phila-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty-four
Description:Comments on ''Wuthering Heights'' and mentions arranging for his journey back to New York.
Date:1850-07-01
Subject:Bill; Books and reading; Bronte, Charlotte; Bronte, Emily; Faneuil Hall (Boston, Mass.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, J.B.; Railroad travel; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Boston, [Massachusetts]; New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Washington Street
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.