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home, albeit he has a hankering Canada-wards.	Joe will,
if he cannot get something to do in New York strike for Connecticut, 
inasmuch as he hears that his former  Boss  is doing well there.
And I m left alone.
  26. Sunday. A walk by the  sad sea waves  in the Evening, Wing
and George accompanying.	Met Fred and Edward. /	Standing
alone on the end of the little bridge, gazing out on the  brine forever
unfruitful,  feeling Ulysses-like, when he
 Over the fruitless main through trickling tears kept gazing. 
What truth is there in it  	Ah, old Hellenic Islander, Greek
or Asian, whatever and whoever thou wert, well thou knewest
the heart of man.	A glorious world has the devil Mammon
usurped rule over    Yet a little while, yet a little while.
  {27. Monday.   Drawing each day.	One Evening a sail with
  28. Tuesday.}   George, Wing, and the  Boss  of the latter; and
the other a walk.     Sitting on the door stoop listening to the organ 
of an Italian.	Would it not be possible to travel through the States
thus? I should like it, and am weary of the petty insult and
degradation I have to meet with in the attempt to live by my own art.
  29. Wednesday. Having finished my six drawings, in the after-
noon took them to New York.    Cur Appleton out, but his brother 
(Arcades ambe) there. Left and a walk. Called at Beaver Street,
Heylyn not arrived yet.	Verily his fate is a contrast with mine.
He has but a journey   to sign his name, and  400 are handed
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page nineteen
Description:Mentions George and Joe's future plans and hearing an Italian play an organ. Comments on how Heylyn's fate is different than his.
Date:1849-08-25
Subject:Appleton; Bolton, George; Drawing; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; West; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Beaver Street
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.