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a note for Montgomery back to writing, and so to
1 next morning.   Another chapter.
  6.  Thursday.  Rapid walk as usual for
health sake.  Dropped in at Nagle s book store, to
Fowler & Wells, Nassau Street &c.  Returning got
the home parcel from Wileys.     A relic from Nine-
veh, a fragment from the palace of the great Assy-
rian King.   It is a head and half figure in stone,
some five inches in length, roughly sculptured in relief.
From Nineveh to New York, with three thousand 
years lying between them !     Twelve centuries ere our
Saviour walked this Earth this bit of stone [words crossed out]
 that lies before me now, my lamp
shade deepening its outlines,   was carven.    How I
could write on this!     O Assyrian craftsman, vassal
to Nebuchadnezzar it may be, how has thy work lasted!
what a tide of solemn centuries, what an awful mul-
titude of kindred, and peoples, and tongues, such as no
man can number, have sped from the cradle to the
grace ere thou walkedst Asiatic earth.           Arnold
the elder called in the evening.
  7  Friday.    Calling at Parton s on my way to the
Mercantile, saw him.   He projecting a winters visit to Nia-
gara on the morrow.           Returning, to work.   Wrote
to Hannah in the evening, sitting up till 2.
  8. Saturday.  Down town early, to post office &
Elsewhere.     Tailors & got coat.   Return a writing till late
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes receiving a package from England which includes a five-inch stone sculpture his friend William Boutcher found at Nineveh.
Date:1856-03-05
Subject:Arnold, Jack; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Manning (O'Mana, Montgomery); Parton, James
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.