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and fog.   To Constellation Office.  Presses
busy working off inner pages.   Roberts there, busy.
Brightly there.   I find he has engraved the title for
the paper, drawn by Rosenberg   a poor business.
Back, rather despondent through the drizzle.  Visited
the Jewells  at night.      Brainard has, they say, cal-
led on Johnstone, to inquire about the Jewell family,
says he knows Alf Waud visited the family in Ashton
place, that his ex-wife also visited her mother and 
sisters, some time ago.        Stayed till near twelve.
  			/
  The old year is dead, now.   I m out of spirits
for the task of taking stock on it.   Outside my attic
window it is raining fast and fine from the low, black
sky which hangs over the blacker city, only a dull
line of miserable wet light stretching along the horizon.
Fools are banging off pistols and guns after their
barbarous Yankee fashion, as though finding themselves
a year nearer to Eternity   with oh! how many
more sins and unfulfilled good intentions added
to the account   were a thing to be exulted in.
		 	/
  I ve not done much in the Haydon way in diari-
zing, but   
  Our Father which art in Heaven, let me find
my right work in the world and do it.   In Christ s
name I ask it. Amen.
      And deliver us from temptation,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page sixty-seven
Description:Regarding his thoughts on New Year's Eve, 1858.
Date:1858-12-31
Subject:Brainard; Brightly; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mary (Waud); Jewell, Mrs.; Johnstone (acquaintance); New Year; Roberts, George; Rosenberg; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; 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.