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long is this to last?   I am conscious of something mournfully
ludricous in my almost hopeless love.         Hopeless?   Oh no,
not that   never that Mary, in God s name  
       Here s Brown in fret and worry, that the girl he loves is in
Boston;   he hath written, requesting her to shorten her visit, by
a half, and in anxious dread of not receiving a letter from her, he
even thought of telegraphing on there. He makes me his confidant,
of all his heart s thoughts,   and how my heart yearns to do the same.
But no, no, no!   Never yet have I babbled the dearest, saddest
secret of my life and hope, nor will I now profane it, spite of the ease 
it would give.
  15.   Drawing the  B hoys running wid der masheene  on the wood
all day; till evening; then to Duane Street.   Stroll up Broadway
with Mr Hart and Mapother.   At a Gymnasium in Canal Street,
Brown and his two brothers there, (all red flannel.)   Fellows doing
every sort of possible and impossible performance; leaping on spring boards,
revolving on cords; [pstycuffing?] with big stuffed bag; rolling over and
hooking on to poles in every variety of position.     Big weights, and feats
of strength for development of muscles.
  16. Monday.  To the  Atlas  Office, with block, calling in at the
 Era  by the way.  Also at  lager Bens.       Southworth and Horrick
there.    To the  Life  Office.     Mattice not yet returned.      Afternoon
after a read, to Kierstiens again, making a sketch on canvas for
coloring there, divers Frenchmen &c present.    Evening, a friend of
Browns yclept Fogg calleth; whereupon we have brandy, punch &
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-three
Description:Comments on how Charles Brown confides in him about Annie, and how he wishes he could do the same about Mary.
Date:1850-08-14
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Brown, Albert; Brown, Alfred; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Firemen; Fogg; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gymnasiums; Hart; Horrick; Kirstein, Ben; Mapother, Dillon; Mattice; Publishers and publishing; Southworth; Ward, Annie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Broadway; Canal 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.