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Mapother and talk of home. 	Wonder I do not get a letter from M.
 /        Mr Johns I hear boarding in house in the city;   described
by Mapother as domiciled in a huge uncarpeted room, the only furniture
of which consisted in a bed and chair.       He hath goth his things from
Holts, and oweth them over $100.        What an awful slough of self-
contempt does the universal cloud Self-Conciet lead us into.        There was
he, day by day, wasting time, imagining inventions leading $ naught, plan-
ning partnerships with Hart, (who had he been less cool-headed and pru-
dent than he is, would have been left responsible for the office proposed
to be jointly taken by them;)   giving me commission to make draw-
ings for him, and paying by ordering more;   all this, when penniless
without any design of wrong doing a man may work infinite mischief.
 Well   if to do well were as easy as to know How        Sweet
Portia thou speakest truth in that.
  31. Wednesday.  When just about to start for the Office Mattice en-
tered with $ notes in his hand, having some notion from my not having been
there yester afternoon that I was thinking of backing out.	Went to the
Office, calling on and walking with Ben Kirstein (Philadelphia David)
to Ann Street.	   Writing all the morning and afternoon, making
calls at the Atlas  Office and at Baden s during the day.     Evening
as usual to Holts, and with Hart, Royal, Martin and Mapother to the 
old pier, and there for a hour and half or more.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Comments on his work and Mr. John's situation.
Date:1850-07-30
Subject:Badean; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Johns; Kirstein, Ben; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Mattice; Rent; Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Ann 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.