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after he arrives, greatly disconsolate and partially indignant at the
non arrival of his Annie, as expected. Consoled him and defended
her to him; and read during the evening.
  1. Sunday. Reading all day.    A bit of a walk at the dock ending
the street in the morning, where I found the populace thronging, await
ing the arrival of the Atlantic Steamer and Jenny Lind, which occur
red in the afternoon.    Evening dull, matagrabolized and dispirited to
an unusual degree.   Mapother called to get me out for a walk:  
declined, not being fit for it.  Brown came home, and we were just
getting into a pleasant, thoughtful book-talk, when Joe called and
marred the evening.
  2. Monday. Writing letters all day.  To M, and to Barth.
Rain and wind storm out of doors. Splenetic and matagrabolized.
  3. Tuesday.  To Duane Street, then to Post Office,  Life  Office,
where I found Mattice, he having returned.   Then a few dreary, successful calls.
Then dropped in at Butlers and had a bit of talk with him.    Afternoon
reading and drawing.  Evening out with Brown to Schnieder Rohr s where
he tried on his matrimonial coat.    Then a call at Duane, return &
talk and fumigation.   Blue devils.
  4. Wednesday.  Calling for Mr Hart, with him to Brooklyn and
dentist Stratton.   After more than an hours waiting (during which time
he was operating on an old lady, who was etherized, having to have ten
teeth extracted, our turn came.     Scraping and stopping.  Stratton a 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and fifty-nine
Description:Mentions the arrival of singer Jenny Lind in America by steamer and a visit to a dentist.
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Books and reading; Butler, Warren; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dentists; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Lind, Jenny; Mapother, Dillon; Mattice; Stratton; Ward, Annie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.