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ere some time, and a certain money-loving skunk of a brother won t
help him.     /      Return, and I, alone have a true hours noc-
turnal Battery lounge.   Mighty dreary and disconsolate for some time,
till the quiet of the night, the calm splash of the wave, and the bright
stars above, set me musing, that all these uneasy little irritations,
mammon rakings, and the rest of the briars of this working-day world
are but for a season.   We ve no abiding city here. 	        Aye!
but to fritter away the best days of one s live, away from one loving and
lovely face seems hard enow.
  6. Saturday.  At work on the Phillips and Sampsonian drawing all day.
In Mr Hart s room, in company with Mr Johns, Mr H and Mapother
being absent on a Peekskill survey.   Evening, out with Mr Hart, Boyne &
Joe, a Battery walk, and on Rabineau s.    Accidental severation, and
Mr Boyne and I dispose of a few oysters at Sherwoods.
  7. Sunday.  Cigar and James   Oak Chest  on Rabineaus till dinner time.
Joe with me.    Reading during the afternoon.  At night to Chapel, and
heard Chapin;   partly a farewell sermon, on his approaching visit to Europe.
His leading feature, How the knowledge that an All Pure, and All Kind
and Omniscient being hath his unsleeping Eye on Every One of us, should in-
fluence thoughts, words, and actions.    That a wide-spread practical Atheism
puts this aside too much.    The text was from the Pedanist    If I hide
me in the shadow of the night, thou art there also.    /	A little inci-
dent of this night I must chronicle.   Sad thoughts   that I am away from
home, not one to think a kind thought of, or say a kind word to me;  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Discusses drawing, reading, and attending Chapin's farewell sermon before his departure for a visit to Europe.
Date:1850-07-05
Subject:Books and reading; Boyne; Chapin, E.H.; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Religion; Sermons
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.