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a pleasant place to lose all the harsher thoughts of Death in.   The
time will come when we shan t make a bug bear of him.   /     Return,
and back by 2.     Evening with Hart and Mapother again, a walk,
and at Patons.
  30. Friday.  Determining to make a round among the Architects called 
first at Renwicks.  Found that he had removed his office to Park Place,
and was in co-partnership with Anderson, an Irishman whereof I had heard
from Mr Hart.   Went there, saw him, a vulgar, auctioneer like man.
Engaged me to come tomorrow  on trial .   If I pleased him $10 a week.
Thence to the Post Office and  Life  Office &c.    Afternoon in-doors till
Mr Hart and Dillon calling, out on the long pier at the end of Canal St
for half an hour or so. Evening reading aloud to Brown.
  31. Saturday.  To Park Place by 8; walking down town with Brown.
Arrived, and the Office not open, conversed with one of the clerks who
came up, until the arrival of a juvenile Anderson, who intimated to
me that his father had yesterday sent to me a letter, countermanding my
attendance; so an end of that.        To Duane Street for a bit then back
to Canal.    (Had a letter arrive from Boutcher, yesterday   he, will
I doubt not spend his next New Year s day in New York.  Right glad
am I at the thought.)     Afternoon walked meditatively and melancholye
to Greene Street, calling on Mr Abbott.    Returned, and after supper
being about to sit down to writing a letter for the evening; a book
arrives,  Vanity Fair,  the which I find by certain kindly rhymes
penned on the fly-leaf is a gift from Brown.        Shortly
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Mentions his work and a gift of ''Vanity Fair'' from Charles Brown.
Date:1850-08-29
Subject:Anderson; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Renwick
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Duane Street; Greene 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.