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boarding-house George and Joe are at.       Its cheaper; $2 1/2 
a week, (of course, nothing like the accommodation.)    No matter, it
behoves me to do it.	 /                             Could I, I would be
off an join the Hungarians against Austria and Russia    twould 
be the noblest way of committing suicide possible.	I am heartily
weary of this long, long, continued struggle for an object I despise
while I desire it   money.	Oh God, oh God   what were
my hopes and aspirings but five years ago   love, honour,   all
moderate success,   day dreams all  	One thing can I do,
resolve not to return unsuccessful.	Oh Mary   did I not
love you, how little would I care about playing out any part in
this most wretched farce of Life. Heavily, heavily, hangs it on
my hands.	I think and write of you Mary with blinding tears
and such a sick yearning of heart, now.	Oh that I could
lie my head on your breast and die   pass away like a tired
child to sleep.
  12. Sunday. Reading, Carlyle s  Past and Present.  In the 
Evening with George and a fellow lodger of ours for a brief but tedious 
stroll.	With young Haun, the landlady s son down to the dock, 
witnessing a fire over at New York, uptown.
  {13. Monday.   At work on the wood-blocks each day. Very
  14. Tuesday.   much matagrabolized.	 Ben  Haun generally
  15. Wednesday.}   sitting with me. There s much of the  B hoy 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixteen
Description:Mentions the weekly cost of his new boardinghouse. Discusses his weariness of the struggle to make money.
Date:1849-08-11
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Greatbatch, Joe; Rent
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.