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  1. Tuesday.   Making a bit of a sketch for Butler & Browns
drew frame, when Mapother called. With him to Duane Street, to
Spruce, to the  Atlas  and  Life  Offices, and to the Post Office.   Then
to the Battery, and visiting Rabineaus found the awning taken down &
preparations made for putting the Bath into winter quarters. Returned
along the North River.             Wrote to my mother during the rest
of the day.  Brown out doing his wooing with his  little black eyed
ugly, intellectual Dora. 
  2. Wednesday.   In-doors all day. Rain and chilly winds
out of doors.      So sad, so utterly dispirited and wretched that I can
call to mind no time equalling it.    At times in a half despairing agony
at the want of work.      Drawing three little sketches to submit to Cor-
byn of  Figaro .    At night till 11 writing an article, to the best of
my ability, with intent to take it to Fowler, for Holden s dollar
Magazine.       Assuredly I had had a better fate had I been at
some hard-handed trade.   Each week might have produced enough 
to live on.
  3. Thursday. To Duane Street. Lessons again.   At 11 went to
Barclay Street and saw Corbyn. Two sketches accepted. Off to Strongs
for blocks, from thence to the  Life  Office, and to the Ned Buntlinean one.
Then returning to Strongs;   not got the blocks, so went to Wells and Webbs
and purchased them.  At work till 8 on them, when they were completed.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and seventy-four
Description:Mentions his work and feelings of depression.
Subject:Buntline, Ned; Butler, Warren; Corbyn, Wardle; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dora; Drawing; Fowler; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Publishers and publishing; Rabineau's (New York, N.Y.); Strong, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Spruce Street; Barclay 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.