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bad blue-devilled me into temporary melancholy, to a great extent ere
I entred the building.  When the hymn was given out, a lady in the pew
behind put a hymn book into my hand.    She had a gentle face, and
a sweet voice,(for I heard her singing)   and God bless her for that
simple act of kindness to a Stranger, say I.             /               Walk
up Broadway to Canal, and back, by Hudson.
  8. Monday.  Drawing, in company with Mr Johns in Mr Hart s room.
At night out for a walk up Hudson Street with Royal.  A call on an acquain-
tance of his.   Didn t do much in the drawing way, to day, as Mr Boyne 
had presented Johns with all the back volumes of  Punch,  and I was forced to
re-read the Physiology of the Medical Student for the sake of old times.
  9. Tuesday.  Call at the Atlas Office, at Badean s, and at the  Life  Of-
fice, where I saw Mearson and Donellan.   The Publication of the Porcupine delayed
till October, Andrews still in New York.    /    To Warren Butlers, where I
found, in company with him, a young engraver Brown, whom I saw at
work at W Roberts, on my first calling there, long time ago, when making
my first rounds. He gave me the address of his boarding house, with commen-
dations of the provant &c.	To the Bowery, and a Daguerrotypists, taking
the whim to get portrait taken.  Waited some time, then to Holts for dinner, 
then back with Mapother accompanying me.  There all the afternoon, as
divers others took precedence, being there before me.   Two women
among them, one rather pretty and vivacious,   boisterously so.    Very
quaint free and easy ways with her, sitting one knee thrown over t other
and revealing pretty boot and prettier leg.  She was, for some time talking
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and thirty-eight
Description:Comments on his decision to get his daguerreotype done.
Date:1850-07-07
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Badean; Boyne; Butler, Warren; Daguerreotype; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Donellan; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holt, Mrs.; Johns; Lewis; Mapother, Dillon; Mearson; New York porcupine.; Publishers and publishing; Punch.; Religion; Royal, Frank; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Hudson 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.