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A holy tranquillity above and around; the red sun sinking in a
sea of glory, yellow bars on the water; myriads of white sails up the
river, water calm and still, and a deep intense blue above, with
here and there a star pinning nights anticipatory mantle. Oh me
that there should be sorrow and suffering in such a world as this!
	Returned at 7 and parted and the Ferry.
  5.  Saturday.   Just about to go out when a letter was brought
me. Found it to be from Waud, Danthorn s pupil in years bygone,
introductory to his brother, who waited below.   So had him up, and read
the billet.    This young fellow just been one day in New York. So
went out with him.      I called on Anderson, who told me he expected
he should need me in three or four days.   (I trust he may. Amen!)
Then to a boarding Hotel nigh into the Battery where I was made
acquainted with a Mr Bellinger, a fellow voyager with Waud.   All
the morning doing the honors of the City; shewing them the public buildings
&c.   Parted, and after looking in at Corbyn s and getting proof of
the two sketches I returned.     Drawing in the afternoon: till daylight
 gan to decrease: when the two newly arrived Emigrants came.   Out
with them after supper.   To Holts, where I introduced them to the old
woman; then to their own diggings.  Mr B s wife and a joint pro-
duction of three years old there.   In an oyster cellar; then left them,
and returned back up Greenwich; ruminating on the approaching de-
parture of Mr Hart & Dillon for Dover, New Jersey: having
heard from the latter that such was the intent on the ensuing Monday,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and seventy-six
Description:Describes showing the newly-arrived Alfred Waud and Mr. Bellinger around New York.
Date:1850-10-04
Subject:Anderson; Bellinger; Bellinger, Mrs.; Corbyn, Wardle; Danthorn; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Dover, New Jersey
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.