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Panic.  Will  is, as usual, lazy.        O Brien came in
the evening.    He, Haney and Cahill in my room.   Toddy,
smoke, talk, and, presently, songs.  Broke up at 11, when
I went to bed and they to boxing, in Haney s room.
  1.  Sunday.  A rush to Hoboken trees and rocks with Haney
and Cahill, returning to dinner.    In doors, for my part, during
the rest of the day.  Reading and writing  (the last 3 1/2 pages, &c.)
  2. Monday.  Round early to Bellew s, in 11th Street for
block.  Saw his brother-in-law, a hearty Irishman, his child,
Mrs B and himself.       Then returned and drew all day till
8 at night.     O Brien up, with Haney and Cahill in my room.
Talk of to-morrow s pic-nic, and preparations thereupon.
  3.  Tuesday.  Arnold came early and he and Cahill went
over to Hoboken by 9 o clock, I accompanying Haney (who had to
go down town) and crossed an hour later.     We found assembled
in the ferry house the two before mentioned, with O Brien and Thom-
son.    Wilbour couldn t come in consequence of dectioneering Tribunitical
responsibilities, and neither Bellew, Gaylor or Wilkins (all of whom
had been invited) appeared.     I encountered Mr Russell   of the  Euro-
pean   and Watson, the vulturous-looking engraver was hovering
about the ferry-house, his breath stinking horribly.      After waiting
the arrival of several boats and dispatching a messenger to Bellews
with a note, we left Cahill behind to wait still longer and set
off.     Into a carriage all of us, and with baskets &c it proved a
very tight fit, Doesticks on the seat beside the driver, from which he
got off twice or thrice to purchase now a sauce-pan (to boil supposti-
tious water in) now a package of sugar, now one of lemons, now
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twenty-two
Description:Describes setting off on a picnic in Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Frank, Mrs.; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Gayler, Charles; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; O'Brien, Fitz James; Piercy; Russell (proprietor); Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Watson, John; Waud, William; Wilbour; Wilkins, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):11th Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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-one 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.