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9. Friday.   Drawing till Evening.   Then calling on Andrews,
out with him, meeting Greeley and Cynic Martin ere long. At
divers drinking saloons, domino-playing &c. Parted from em about 11.
New York is another Paris for a Sensualist, I believe, and as bad a
place as may well be for the training of a youth with money in s pocket. The
luxurious restaurants, handsome women flitting about in free and easy con-
verse, the liquors   road to Hell gilded, all of it.  I d better been 
reading, spite of eyesight.      Met the murderer and scribbler yclept  Jack the
Rambler  in the course of the evening.
  10. Saturday.  To the Life Office, calling in at Kierstierns by the way.
Mattice away down east.  Met Joe, (he leaves Duane Street this night)
At Holts for a few minutes, talking with Mrs Richardson. What a home
like appearance was there in the room of the good tempered Yorkshire woman.
  Return to Canal, and in doors till 4, then off, first to Mattice, then
Badean s, both in vain.   Purchased Bulwer s Zanoni for a shilling, for
the pleasure of reading it again.    Mapother called in the evening. out
with him for half an hour, when he returned with me to the company
of Brown.  Conversation and lemonade.      /          My fellow boarder
is a nice, gentlemanly fellow, sincerely pious, and loves his Annie dearly.
I like him. But oh me! how how I envy him. Six short weeks
she will be his, he talks to me of her; her portrait is here, he
narrateth his wooing, I jest with and rally him,   he cannot bear
her to be away a whole month   Oh God when I think of her
I love how, how far off in every sense how I envy him.  To look
at happiness through the eyes of another, how bitter it is  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Comments on how New York is like Paris and his opinion of Charles Brown.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Bars (Drinking establishments); Basmaison; Bilton, Mary; Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Greatbatch, Joe; Greeley, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Mattice; Richardson, Mrs.; Ward, Annie; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Paris, [France]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Canal
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.