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worlds, of the Moon; of the ante-inhabited world; of monstrous ferns, of zoo-
phytes, of Pre-adamite reptiles, of that geological-[unclear word]-book  The Vestiges of 
Creation :
of German Hartz-mountain legends: of Schillers  Diver ; of Death; of Time
and space: of Yucatan and forest hidden cities: of extinct civilisation, of Co-
lumbus, of Cortes and merciless Pizarro: of the California discovery and its future
effect, of the wondrous age we live in and how it will be spoken of when a thousand
years have rolled by; of what we have seen and may yet live to see.  And of
a thousand other things too which dwell not in my memory.  Brown came at
11 and joined converse.
  16. Wednesday.  Early down town to the sons of Beach thinking of inserting two lines
requesting the Monday visitor to call again, but the price asked was over much.  To
Beekman Street, and off with Waud for a days Hobokenizing.  A glorious summers 
day pleasantly spent. Trees all in the glorious dyes of autumn   leaves thick strewn
neath our feet as we ramble through brake, bramble, and coppice, and over the rocks
and upon them.  Dined al fresco on the rocks summit, a desert of butter nuts, an
hours halt, then onwards. Tree branches burning, talk of painters and sing-
ing of songs.  Got to little Wee-hawken villages at 5, and after a moderate im-
bibation of ale set off back. Return along the river side, tide in, skeletons of
horses lying mid the stones, thick mist rising over the marshes; cold clear moon
above us.  Got back to York about 7.   Writing the rest of the evening.
  17. Thursday.  Writing all the day. Rain dreary and intermittent out of doors.
Waud called in the morning; and again in the evening, staying till 11. Combination
projects.
  18. Friday. Writing. Waud present morning, afternoon and evening. Commenced
a picture of  the Bhoy s running wid der Machine  on canvas, I to make the design, 
and do 
the drawing, he the painting.  Letters arrived in the afternoon, one from M, and a 
few lines in the other from my mother.  Matagrabolized and pecuniarily anxious in mind,
intermittent rain out of doors.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seven
Description:Lists topics of a lengthy conversation he had with Alfred Waud.
Date:1850-10-15
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Nature; Science and civilization; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Beekman 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.