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 Master I do smell an horse   ! at which my nose is
in great indignation! 		Calling in at Grove Street, found
Joe there.	George and I ventilating our boots in front of the
 American Hotel,  subsequently.
  8. Wednesday. Took Block No 1 to Childs. Also left my yesterday s
 translation of the letter of Pius the 9th to Audinot  at the  Sun  Office.
Drawing in the afternoon.	Evening a gossip at the Schnieders, with him
and George.	Bitten by muisquitoes till my face resembles something bet-
wixt a cullender and a grand pit.
  9. Thursday. Drawing all day.		In the Evening with George and
Jo to the Battery, all three matagrabolized and very nearly wetted
through in returning.
  10. Friday.	Drawing.	A letter from Boutcher. (Heylyn to be in
New York in a week or so.)	Walk with George in the Evening.
  11. Saturday. To New York with Block 2. Childs    Appleton s. 
 Publishers  criticisms on drawing.	O children! children! ye who turn
over the leaves for  the pictures  in a fairy book so eagerly, your happy 
faces would be sadder did ye know all that the poor devil of an artist
has to endure! Verily I loathe my art when I am by it brought into 
contact with such farthing-splitting, chaffering, purse proud num-
skulls. A hearty damn on all publishers, past, present, and to 
come.	Bentley   Tallis   [word crossed out]   Appleton   bah !  
skunk s all and stink aloud. /		Returning to
Jersey, got my things transported per cart to York Street, the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifteen
Description:Gives his negative thoughts on publishers.
Date:1849-08-07
Subject:Appleton; Bentley; Bolton, George; Boutcher, William; Childs; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Publishers and publishing; Tallis
Coverage (City/State):Jersey [City, New Jersey]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Grove Street; York 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.