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about him, indeed he s been a fireman and run after  der Machine 
in time past. 	The other denizens of this place are a drunken English-
man, Wing, a down-easter, a painter, and a carpenter. Whist playing
one night, walk and ride on the Ferry boat with George on another.
Wrote to M.	Mosquitoes to a horrible extent by night. Thunder
and lightning, frogs croaking  
  16. Thursday. To New York and Appletons in the afternoon, calling
in at The American Hotel and seeing  Charley  by the way. More disagree-
ables with Appleton. Bah!
  17. Friday. Drawing still.	In the Evening George coming in, tells
me he has had letters from England, that old John Harris is dying.	And
also that  Conworth s sister is dying! 	I know he fancied he loved her
and that the fancy was of years continuance   yet, oh yet he played
whist with us in the Evening   verily  tis strange.	The words sounded
sadly in my ears   yet I never saw her more than once. But tis always
a sad thing to hear of a young girl s dying.
  18. Saturday. Drawing still.	Evening with Wing to the  Pork store. 
Left them and called in at The American Hotel
  19. Saturday. Letter writing all day, to my mother, Naomi, and
to M.	In the evening, with Joe and George, had a sail with Wing,
his  boss  (who accompanied us; about the bay, Communipaw wards,
&c. very pleasant.
  20. Monday. Drawing till evening   then with Wing and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventeen
Description:Regarding the other boarders in his new boardinghouse, a disagreement with Appleton, and letters George Bolton received from home stating that John Harris and Conworth's sister are dying.
Date:1849-08-15
Subject:Appleton; Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Boardinghouses; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Firemen; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Harris, John; Gunn, Naomi; West; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):The American Hotel
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.