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27. Tuesday. Finished drawings and took them down-town.  Got
paid, (all honor to people who cash up immediately.  Posted newspaper for
Boutcher, looked in at Life Office, and there returned to dinner   meeting
old Greeley by the way.      Afternoon wrote to Rosa. Evening a stroll
with Brown.  In at the old Book Auction whereat in time back pur-
chased Shelley, and was wont to repair to with George Bolton. Purcha
sed book.  Then on to Battery and a Book talk of Life Death, Love and
Immortality.  Looked into Cooley and Keese s returning.
  28. Wednesday.  To clothing store, (Brown-recommended) by the mar-
ket, end of Canal. Bought pair of $5 pants.  Then off with letter for 
home to the Post Office.  Just in time.  Then, for the rest of the morning
a series of calls.  Strongs,  Atlas  Office, Browns, Wilsons, (S)Harpers,
&c   Returning at 1, called at Deans, seeing the interior of a gold-beaters
workshop and Royal.  Evening, in-doors, drawing.
  29. Thursday.  To Duane Street, and with Mr Hart over to Brooklyn,
calling on publisher Burgess in my way;   (he a cub.)   After visiting the At-
lantic Street dentist, took the stage, and along dusty hot road to Greenwood
Cemetery. (Called forth, though at Stilwells.)    Arrived a stroll about
the grounds for an hour or so.  Well-laid out though I think, the place hath
neither the natural advantages of Laurel Hill or Mount Auburn. The monuments
are of more pretension. Aye the  bon  of the place, that of a girl, who met
an accidental death on her eighteenth birthday.   The design of it her own, though
unintended for herself.   A tasteful bit of prettiness, the white marble standing
out with delicious purity from the deep hateful sky.      Hum of insects, count-
less grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, vegetation all teeming with life;  
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Describes a visit to Green-Wood Cemetery.
Date:1850-08-27
Subject:Bolton, George; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Cemeteries; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dean; Dentists; Greeley, Dr.; Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Hart; Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia, Pa.); Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Mass.); Nature; Royal, Frank; Stilwell; Strong, Thomas; Wilson
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Cana Streetl; Duane Street; Atlantic 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.