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5. Monday.  Wrote to M   Patience is stale, and I am weary of it. 
The remainder of the day making drawing of the scene of Brooklyn
conflagration.     Evening. Leaving Brown inditing a letter to his lady-
love, whom he, this morning, saw depart for Boston;   to Duane.
From there with Mapother to Laurie s, where we found Mr Hart. Leaving
him, together walked to Spruce, the scene of a to-day tumbled well,
and men killed by it.    Bit of a walk after.
  6. Monday.   Called at Duane St, and out with Mr Hart. Purchased
mosquito net to put over the bed.       Calls, at the  Life  Office seeing Mat-
tice: then to Orrs, the Post Office, and the Era Office.  Out with
Picton, drank with him.       Then together with Mr Hart to Laurie s.
In-doors all the afternoon.       Evening a ramble, Broadway, the
Bowery, (quaint picture at the Fancy Fair there, Callot s temptation of
Saint Anthony, fine diabolisms.       Thunder and rain storm going home.
  7. Wednesday.  To the  Life  Office, and there till 4 in the after-
noon, Mattice wanting me to write up the notices to correspondents, the
other one not up to the mark in point of Time.       Called at Nassau
seeing Engraver Baker and Mr Morse, returning.      Evening in-
doors, writing in company with Brown, he sometime reading Chuzzle-
wit, sometime writing to his ladye love.       Joe and Mapother called.
  8. Thursday.  At work on a drawing of the B hoys running
wid der Masheene , all day.  At night to Holts, and out with
Martin, Mr Hart, Mapother and Joe for a stroll about Broadway.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty
Description:Discusses his work, walks, and a night out with his friends.
Date:1850-08-05
Subject:Baker; Bilton, Mary; amoreau, Charles (Brown); Fairs; Firemen; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Immigrants; Laurie, Dr.; Life in New-York.; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Mattice; Morse; Mosquitoes; Orr; Picton, Thomas; Thunderstorms; Ward, Annie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Spruce Street; Broadway; Nassau 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.