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Sampson.  In the afternoon having completed the long letter to the former
was lying on the bed listening to the blustering wind and driving rain, when
Fred Greatbatch comes up with a letter   postmark  Tampa Florida   
I open it   O world thy slippery times!   from William Barth!
Nigh upon five years sure as that memorable August afternoon I saw the last of 
his face leaning over the side of the Quebec off Greenwich.   And the Cimmerian
after-dark obscurity since   many and many an hour have I thought of him,
scarce thinking he lived, scarce that he was dead.	   He writes warmly and
pleasantly   but with little news. That he has been in the Mexican war,
that he is in Hospital Steward, on detached Service, and is doing well.  That
he got my address from his mother in England, and that he wrote once
before to me.	       Wrote to him, and lengthily.
  20. Saturday.   Completed letter to Barth.  Then to Holts, calling
on and seeing Mr Hart, Johns and Mapother.  Met Joe,   then to Putnams
for copies of  Mose  sent to me by Philadelphia Hart. ^|Then Post Office| Then 
Badean s   then
Butlers, then back to Canal.  Dinner and read, and doze.   Evening
to Duane St. Out with Mr Hart and Mapother, but missing the
former we took a Battery ramble, and on Rabineau s for an hour and
half.  Then returning found Mr Hart on Holt s door step, with Martan.
There for some short time, then to Canal.
  21. Sunday.  To Duane Street, saw Mr Hart and Mapother off to
Church, then went on to Rabineau s.   Read the current number of Household
Words, then walking back met Royal, and subsequently Joe.    To dinner.
Talso in the afternoon.     Evening walked to Clarkson Street, found Joe 
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Mentions receiving a letter from William Barth.
Date:1850-07-19
Subject:Badean; Barth, William; Butler, Warren; Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hart (publisher); Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Martan; Publishers and publishing; Putnam; Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Duane Street; Clarkson 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.