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dull withal.
  15. Sunday.  Joe cometh early, as appointed, and we sally
out in the fresh bright morning.     Crossed to Jersey City (,talking
with a man from Indiana, by the way.)   A glimpse at the  Asia  through
the railings, then called at York Street.    Saw Mrs Haun, and
subsequently Ben and John.   Talk with B hoy Ben out i the street.
News of old acquaintances.    Hughie left there, hath had a brother drow-
ned, (not Sandy;) and is little concerned thereat; also is rumoured to be
 sparking a gal  in Brooklyn.  Rankin still there. John learning
the craft of a watch-maker.  Ben himself  bout to stablish a porter-
house in a few days time &c.         Leaving them, declining an invite to
return and dine walked along the rail to the old rocks. Ascent and
a breezy hour or so.        Return by dinner time to New York  
Afternoon  Burton s Anatome .      Evening wandered out, very sad,
anxious and matagrabolized.  Peeped into Chapin s chapel; then
on to the old pier at jut of Chamber Street.  An hour and
halfs meditative mournfulness.   I would I could say trustfully, 
as the words should be said   Our father which art in Heaven    My
life appears inane and commonplace.    I cannot think so well as I
once did.
  16. Monday.   Regular cold and sore throat as might be
expected.  Drawing all day.  Two journeys down town.  Called
at the Day-book Office twice, and unsuccessfully   Left two title for
the  G hals of New York  with Orr.     Called in at Butler s  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Describes a visit to Jersey City.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Butler, Warren; Chapin, E.H.; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Haun, John; Haun, Mrs.; Muir, Hugh; Muir, Sandy; Orr; Rankin, John; Religion
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Chamber 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.