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September
  1. Saturday. To Appletons, then to Childs. For my last
month s work I doubt if I get more than $12.	     Sick and
sad at heart, a walk round the East River to the Battery, and
there sat down on one of the benches, in God s blessed sunlight,
and anticipated how far off the time might be when I come to
my last dollar.		Must it come to soldiering   two years
as a dragoon.	To live by the prostitution of one s thews and
smews, even as a harlot does by her beauty.	     Ah me! its
very sad!	And for me, who have dear cause to strive and 
struggle on   well   che sera sera!	/	Evening
with George to New York. (The pork store now, one of the things
which have been.)	To Grand Street, a cigar store he had dis
covered in his mornings pereginations; kept by an Englishman,   a 
young fellow quite, and wife, a lively, piquant little woman, 
very much discontent with her adopted country.	George bought half
a hundred cigars, there.	Dropped in a Broadway book Auction.
  2. Sunday. A walk in the evening with George and Wing. In
at Lyndi s garden.	Talk of George s approaching departure.
  3. Monday. To New York with George and Joe, en search
for a Liverpool packet for the former.	Left them at Fulton
and with drawings under my arm went over again the old me-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twenty-one
Description:Comments on having to work for a living and George's upcoming departure.
Date:1849-09-01
Subject:Appleton; Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Childs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Greatbatch, Joe; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Grand Street; Broadway; Fulton Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.