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him. What anxiety, insult and worry have I took to gain a 
petty $36. Well   If I ever be rich I ll have a good word
and a hand to help any poor young fellow who has to fight the
hard battle I m doing now.
  30. Thursday. To New York and saw Appleton. Fresh 
Difficulties. He wants to swindle me, if he can, I see. Call again
.   A walk on to the battery. reading James  Agincourt.  Very,
very dry novel spinning. You keep on reading, expecting something
to turn up able to interest you, but lo   the book grows less and less
and ends all tame. Lovers, mistakings   A few achievements   incidents
and  now  tis ended like an old wife s story.  Of Some novels of
James , read a few years ago I don t remember one jot   a very bad
sign. How difference from Scott.	/	Evening, under
the pilotage of Joe, to a certain tavern and singing place in
Canal Street.	Singing atrocious. Intensely dreary altogether.
  31. Friday. Wrote to Boutcher. /	Evening, rain storm
out of doors,  a naughty night to swim in    mosquitos in-
doors. The triumvirate of us blue devilled.	So lying on the 
beds in which we had no hope of sleeping, we, with Ben Haun
also, sung songs alternately till midnight,   then  resigned our-
selves to the insect phlebotamists.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twenty
Description:Comments on what he would do if he was rich, a novel by the author James, and a rainstorm that kept him and his friends indoors.
Date:1849-08-29
Subject:Appleton; Bolton, George; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.