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31. Thursday. Hurried to the Era Office before business.  Sam  Tom Frank , left
block and then to Office. There all day as usual, rushing to and from Canal at
dinner.  Called again at the Era Office, and got paid.	Evening at work on
daguerrotype picture, Waud present, as usual.
   November.
  1  Friday.  Office, as usual, from 8 till 6.  Met Joe and Mr Royal
in Chatham Street.  Evening drawing, matagrabolized enow.
  2  Saturday.  Yesterday repeated, as near as I can call to mind.
  3. Sunday.  Drawing ineffectually all the dull and dreary day, from
the daguerrotype. Waud present all time.
  4. Monday. Office.  Evening Joe calleth, and in conjunction with Brown
and Waud ale is discussed.  I at work, and splenetic.
  5. Tuesday.  Office.  I like Anderson. How prone are
we to weigh differing individuals in our own pithy conceit manufactured scales.
And how wrong was I to put down his rough impulsive, business like, droll,
rollicking humor as vulgar.   Evening, in accordance with an intimation 
of Charley s, off with him up Broadway to one of the Avenues, (imbibing
a brandy toddy by the way.)   Arrived at the domicile enshrining his ladye
love, she herself openeth the door.   A glorious little creature, with large,
bright black eyes and dark hair curling all round her head.  The feature she
would not be considered handsomex,  but when seated at the piano-forte, her
face was lit up by the pleasure of imparting pleasure to us, she was abso-
lutely beautiful.  She sung to us, again and again, and thus the
evening passed most pleasantly. A more impulsive, exquisitely natural little
creature I have never seen, and when shaking hands at parting I could
fain have said  Now may God bless you!  with all my heart.
An exultant scamper back to Canal and bed.
x A most decided, outrageous, unqualified blunder. She is handsome August 1851.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eleven
Description:Discusses visiting Brown's ''ladye love'' and hearing her play piano.
Date:1850-10-31
Subject:Anderson; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Frank, Tom; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Piano performance; Royal, Frank; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Chatham 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.