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blackguard tailors were imbibing  Lager  and talking scurrilous.
  24. Friday.  Out looking for work. To Orrs, then to Bobbett &
Edmonds .  The former returned from England.  Got two mechanical draw-
ings to reduce and put on wood at the rate of a dollar cash.  To the Life
Office   Mattice not back.   To the Era, saw Picton and returned to Canal
with three newspapers.     Posted letter containing literary and artistic sketches
of the B hoys for Boutcher.  Met Greeley.        Afternoon in doors.
Evening called at Duane, and at the old Pier with Mr Hart and Ma-
pother until the musquitos drove us away.  Then to Patons, where Richard-
son was.  Brandy smash and talk at hotel.     After half an hour I left
and went to the Partridge . Royal, Edwards and a young sweep of 
an Englishman yclept Clay, working at the Globe Office; there. Cigars
and imbibation of ale till past eleven, then made tracks for domicile.
  25. Sunday, and a drenching wet one, wind to boot.  Writing
to my mother all day, till Evening.  Then, weather having cleared up, out
to Duane Street.    With Royal to Chamber Street pier, then ramble up
into Broadway, finally glass of ale and cigar at Dey Street.  Parted about 10,
and I wended my way, meditatively, to Canal & passing up Church Street,
and witnessing the realization, a thousand fold, of what Solomon saw from his
palace window, at even-tide. Verily the night-walking devil Lust hath his
victories in New York.
  26. Monday. In doors all day.  Drawing the mechanical designs I
got from Bobbett and Edmonds.    Head ache; and wind hurrying to 
and fro where it listeth out of doors. Blue devilled.        Mapother
called in the evening, and with Brown, the evening passed tolerably.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-six
Description:Mentions his work and going out with friends.
Date:1850-08-23
Subject:Bobbett; Bobbett and Edmonds (New York, N.Y.); Boutcher, William; Clay; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Edwards; Greeley, Dr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Mattice; Orr; Picton, Thomas; Richardson; Royal, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Duane Street; Chambers Street; Dey Street; Church 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.