22. Saturday. To Harper s. Got block. Saw
Guernsey. Story rejected, on the ground of the scene being laid
in England may do for the paper. Post Office. Up town. Pho-
nography at night. Let me stick to it. I m heart sick of this
precarious pen-and-pencil life. Three projects of mine, of
late, have been anticipated, and the labor spent on them lost.
1. A volume of Dicken s uncollected sketches, from various sources.
An edition now publishing in London promises two. 2. A Compi-
lation of Jerrold s Wit & Wisdom, with a prefaratory essay on
his genius & a memoir. His son s just produced a similar book.
3. A Comprehensive Dictionary of Americanisms. That I have
been working on of late, when I m informed that there s one just
completed. I m rather weary, but never say die. Let s
stick to Phonography. A letter from home to-day, from
my mother and Naomi. Items of news in the latter, of the
Mitchell family, my cousins. Annie pretty Annie! whom I
used to kiss and have on my knee in dull Mary Street, during
our boy and girl days has four children, in Australia.
With her husband, Sweetapple, and brother William, she went
to the diggings, lived in a tent &c I hope with success. What
a contrast to the days of her childhood. Pretty Annie! on the
other side of the round world, by the long wash of Australasian
seas may you be happy! Poor William has been down in
the world, didn t write to his mother for three years, then
went into business and got married to a lady of title. Ah Bill!
do you ever think now of our sleeping together in the attic at
Mary St, the moonlight coming in, and the lights of Nash s
Wine Vaults flaring opposite?
There s something very melancholy in these scattering abroad.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page one hundred and fifty-four|
|Description:||Regarding a letter from his mother with news of his cousins in Australia.|
|Subject:||Dickens, Charles; Guernsey; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jerrold, Blanchard; Jerrold, Douglas; Mitchell, Annie; Mitchell, Mrs.; Mitchell, William; Publishers and publishing; Sweetapple|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]; Australia|
|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.|