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tice commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice to our own lips;
to Duane Street.     Standing outside talked with Mapother and two
Oxfordshire born brethren for half an hour, then returned.
  6. Friday.  Calls for work. At Lyons (the magnetic warment destroyer)
at Thomas, at Engraver Roberts, where I met Mr Abbotts.  To Dewitts
and Davenports, where I got the address of New York by Gas-light Foster; and
went to him.  A busy talkative clever man.  Got a drawing accepted.
Drawing two figures of Figaro during the evening, Brown sitting opposite to me
Writing.
  7. Saturday.  Drawing till 3, a drenching rainy day.  Then to
Corbyns where I left drawing.  Called and saw Mr Hart and Mapother; then
back.   At night, at Charley s request conveyed a letter to the brother-in-law
of his lady love.   Sate in the pleasantly ordered front parlour (,the scene
of his wooing) while he, in the rear one, (whence issued female tones) penned
a few words in reply. Then back through the drenching rain-storm.
  8. Sunday. A walk to Bayard Street, calling at Joe s lodging house,
he not within. Then returning my walk down Broadway, and along the
North River back to Canal.  Reading  the Adventures of a Medical Student  a
posthumous work of one Robert Douglas , somewhat too horrific and melodrame-like.
Evening, leaving Brown and his brother in deep confab, (on the cue of his rejection
he had visited the girl ^|who d been the unintentional cause of it|, and awaits a letter 
from her.  This morn he has
had an interview with Annie s brother in law, and from that has hopes that all will
be well that endeth Well.          /          Leaving him in converse went out to
the pier at the end of the street, where
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and sixty-two
Description:Discusses Charles Brown's attempts to reconcile with Annie Ward.
Date:1850-09-05
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Corbyn, Wardle; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Figaro!; Foster, George G.; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Lyon; Mapother, Dillon; Roberts; Ward, Annie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Bayard Street; Broadway; Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.