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11. Sunday.   Morning mis-spent by going to the Battery. There reading
Zanoni.        Met Frank Royal, and afterwards Hunter.        With
the latter walked back, looking into the Astor House in out way. Called
at Mr Harts.      Reading all the afternoon. Evening with Mr Hart &
Martin to Hoboken, and a ramble there. Glorious sunset.
  (What an absurdity have I perpetrated in yesterdays chronicle, writing
down Mapother as Basmaison   verily he is like him.
  12. Monday. In-doors all day, reading and matagrabolized.
Sitting with Brown during the evening, Joe called, (to borrow $2)
  13. Tuesday.    To the  Life  Office. Mattice still down east;
engaged by Van Fleet to scribble a little there.  At it all the morning.
Afternoon down town again.   Calling in at the  Atlas  Office disposed of the
sketch of  the B hoys running with the masheene.    To Wells & Webb ;
to Wall Street ; then to the  Life  Office.   Writing all the afternoon.
Evening in doors ; a terrific rain and lightning storm out.    In com-
pany with Brown; whom I am learning to like more and more.
  14. Wednesday.  To the  Life  Office, calling once or twice
at Badeans. Afternoon the same, and about Nassau. Returned
very blue devilled;   heartily weary of this  holding-on  desultory
life;   so heart sick of it, and of the dim future, and impa-
tiently angry with myself for not doing what perchance I could
not   (striking out into some better sphere;)   that I veritably
felt curious of the carmen and bricklayers in the street,
at their stated, fairly recompensed toil.    Ah me, for how
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Mentions his work and his frustration with his present situation.
Date:1850-08-11
Subject:Atlas.; Badean; Basmaison; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Firemen; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hunter; Life in New-York.; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Mattice; Publishers and publishing; Royal, Frank; Thunderstorms; Van Fleet
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):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.