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Broadway, they came round to Bleecker St to learn
our fortune.   Haney and Cahill, too, went to Arnolds.
  4.  Wednesday.  To the bath room by daylight and wash-
ed.  Head very much swollen, face the same, a deep cut over
or on my right eyebrow, cuts on forehead, marks of boot-
nails on cheek and other promiscuous cuts.    Jaw very much
bruised too.    Did plastering and combed hair by un-easy
stages.    Head frightfully bruised   well it s no worse.  Coat
sleeve saturated through and through with blood, shirt ditto,
vest ditto, pants spotted.       Did nothing but read and lay
on bed all day.     O Brien came at 2 P.M. looked seedy,
felt the same.     Reading  Guy Livingstone.    A letter from
Dick Bolton.
  5.  Thursday.  Down town in the morning.   To Canal St,
Post and Pic Office.    Saw Thomson.    Reading, drawing and
writing.  Head sore.  It seems the forks got shed on the road, as
we only brought one home   belonging not to us.    Arnold came to
supper and part of the evening.            A rainy night.
  6.  Friday.    In doors, drawing most part of the day.  Wurz-
bach called   recently returned from Germany where he has been
for a year and a half.         Talk of the same during the evening.
  7.  Saturday.   Down town in the morning.
  8.  Sunday.  To Chapin s at night; to Edwards subsequently.
  9.  Monday.  Drawing all day, save a morning s rush to
washerwoman.
  10.  Tuesday. Drawing.  In arrears, epistolarily.  Have
letters from Boutcher, Barth, Dick & George Bolton, Mapother,
Waud and Foster   all unanswered.
  11. Wednesday.   To Pic Office where I found O Brien.  He
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes his injuries from a fight the previous night.
Date:1857-11-03
Subject:Arnold, George; Barth, William; Bohemians; Bolton, George; Bolton, Richard; Boutcher, William; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mapother, Dillon; O'Brien, Fitz James; Thomson, Mortimer (Doesticks); Waud, Alfred; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Bleecker Street; Broadway; Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.