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19. Monday.  Letter arrived from Barth.  Of his campaigning, also
some poetizing.        In-doors all day drawing.  Sketches of the
B hoys, and B hoy life.     Brown reading Pickwick.
  20. Tuesday.  In-doors all day, writing article to accompany
sketches.  Rain, drizze, lead-colored atmosphere out of doors.  Evening
Mapother called, and afterwards Joe; remained till 9.
  21. Wednesday.   To Post Office, sending off a newspaper
for Boutcher.  Called at Orrs, and Chapins, and at  Life Office. 
Then in at Book-store, and then Holts for a minute or so, meeting
Mr Greatbatch by the way.      Afternoon in doors.      Evening hurried down
after supper to Bangs & book auction, to try and purchase  Vanity Fair 
but was too late.  To Duane Street.  Stroll down Broadway with Hart
and Mapother, and Richardson.  In at the Book auction again, then to
Patons, Hudson Street, brandy smash and cigar and converse.
  22. Thursday.  Letters from home, from my mother
and Rosa. (Shortest time on record   not four week s by three days. )
Naomi and Charles at Neithrop. George getting fat, and redding at his
meals.)       Writing  Sketches [word crossed out]  all day.   Fred came in
the evening.    A letter from M   (Tib s married.)
  23. Friday.  Writing all day;   finished article.     Evening after a call
at Clarkson street, went to Duane.   With Mapother and a north of Ireland
man who had travelled twice round the world, to the old pier at Chamber
Street. Talk of Australia, of China, of the Cape and New Zealand.
(Hart and Martin there.)        Subsequently called in at Kirsteins, there two
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Discusses his work and attending a book auction.
Date:1850-08-19
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Boutcher, William; Chapin, E.H.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Irish; Kirstein, Ben; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Orr; Richardson; Tib
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; Neithrop, [England]; Australia; China; New Zealand
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Broadway; Hudson Street; Clarkson Street; Chamber 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.