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Evening a clerk, (the Irishman) from Andersons came, with message from him, re
quiring my services, bidding me come on Monday next.   Waud came in the evening.
  24. Thursday. Putting the Pictonian subject on the block all day. Evening, Daniels,
Brown, Waud, and afterwards Butler present.  Ale and talk. Waud this day taketh
up his residence in 177 Canal.  At his returning he findeth the door locked, the old 
gentle-
man within the room declineth opening; colloquy ensueth, Brown prieth door open.
  25. Friday.  Damp, dismal, disgusting weather, no stirring. Drawing new
subject anticipating for Picton. Waud with me in evening &c.
  26. Saturday. Still raining sans pause. Turned out; to Putnam s, 
to the Era Office, to Holden s Magazine Office, to Butler and Brown s new store,
Fowler s Buildings, up unlimited stairs enow to wind  the angels of Jacob s ladder;
other calls &c, then returned wet through. Out again in the afternoon, to
Putnams, to Holden s, where I saw, and had an auspicious confab with Fowler.
Then to the Engravers in 136 Nassau.  Then to Brown, and anon back by 6,
wet again.  Evening in doors with Waud and Brown. Fumigation and philoso-
phic converse.
  27. Sunday.  In doors all day, having Waud for company. Brown en
attendance on his ladye.  A blustering, chilly casement shaking wind abroad,
interspersed with dull rain-drizzlings, splenetic and wailing air-spirits driven to and
fro complainingly.  Drawing on canvas in the morning and general pottering about.
In the afternoon lying on the bed, talking with Waud, he having taken my place on
the  Masheene  picture; or with bed clothes heaped over head mutely picturing what
a home I would fain have, and contrasting it with this present.  Well let
the good steed Fancy take bridle tween her teeth, and whither will she conduct me  
to a quiet, well ordered apartment, books and flowers, a cheerful fire burning,
heavy curtains drawn excluding the atmospheric and outer world; and I myself
reposing on luxurious sofa, my head lying on the dear bosom of she who loves
me, my lips murmuring half formed worlds of intense silent happiness, the
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page nine
Description:Mentions his work and comments on his desire for a home of his own.
Date:1850-10-23
Subject:Anderson; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Butler; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Daniels; Fowler; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Picton, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Putnam; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):177 Canal Street; 136 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.