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Evening about writing, when comes Waud and subsequently Joe; so anon all
out together.  A walk throughout Broadway to Union Square, and return.
Talk of Panoramas, of Punning, of Street Vulgarisms, of Allan s adventures
in Stamboul &c.  To the Shades and universal Ale and Welsh Rarebits. 
/   Six weeks have passed, and ere this I should have had a letter from Her.
Ah me!  There is something at once ludicrous and melancholy in these thoughts
and entries. So long, so very long to love, and yet no nearer to each other.
I love to ponder on what might have been.  So heart, have vent.
	And were you indeed mine own sweet Wife Mary, long loved Mary!  
what a heaven of quiet, home-peacefulness might we not create?  Your cheerful
frank heart and quick sympathetic nature, your deep-felt gratitude for affection,
your pleasant ways; [words crossed out]   your dear dear face mirroring
all kind and good thoughts   ! The happy remembrances of days gone by, of
past happiness and sorrow, all, all having tended to draw us closer together.
To have her in my arms, to see her day by day, to know all dread and sor-
rowful yearning for the future was over, that she was Mine! that she loved
me, looked up to me, knew my thoughts, sympathized with my cares   and 
knew how I loved her.		Oh God!  I must be a cur not
to have won her. My heart overflows with gall as I think of it, that
Perchance it is my fault.
  14. Monday. Man calleth about the advertisement, but owing to the stupidity 
of slavey didn t see him.  Out, posted letter for Mr Hart, to  Holden s Dollar-Mag   
Office.
Fowler going into the country for a week.  Another call, then return.  Writing to
Barth.  Waud called and remained the evening.
  15. Tuesday.  A useless call down town; then walking through Nassau St
met Empire City Hawkins.  Cut him soon, called at Waud  s, whom I found
engaged on a picture; then returned.  He came and stayed the evening.
Talk of the Supernatural in books and imagination, of nebulae and embryo
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page six
Description:Gives his thoughts on not receiving a letter from Mary, and how he fears he has lost her.
Date:1850-10-13
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Fowler; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hawkins; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Nassau Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.