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fills a glass which Barth presents to the barber, requesting him
to dispose of the same. Barber objects, Barth rattles his big
dragoon sword, and the potation disappears. On trying a similar
dose, he discovers he has forced the unhappy taisorial titurator
to bolt a quantity of castor oil.   A mistake of the words anisetti
and assieti had caused all!     /      Tells of battles, of hardships,
of murders, of hog killing, and artillery discipline also did he
favour us with, garnished with unlimited cursings.   Little
is he changed, vain and sensual as ever.   I had fancied
him better as we are want to do of the absent.           He
and Waud walked to Park Place with me that evening, and at
nine I returned to them and Canal Street;   more talk and
brandy and water &c till 12 or later, when Barth retired to
share part of Wauds  bed.   The morning following he went to
Governors Island where his  bully regiment  the 4th are quarter-
  30. Saturday. Work on the perspective still. Great to-do,
framing the other drawings.    Mr Anderson off to Washington.
 On going to dinner found a letter from M.     Bye the bye
sent one to home last Tuesday.     Much could I write of M s
letter were not head weary and heart full.        Work at night
still.   Waud called, and after a scamper down Broadway
with the boy Andersons, we went to Reade Street and had a welsh
rabbit and a glass of ale, looked over Punch, talked about the
pope s impudence in parrelling out England into bishopricks &c,
and then returned to Canal and Charley.


[note written across page:] Rather a harsh summing up of mine old school fellow. I looked more at the objectionable than redeeming qualities. So think I now. May 1851.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventeen
Description:Comments on William Barth and mentions receiving a letter from Mary Bilton.
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Architectural drawing; Barbers; Bars (Drinking establishments); Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mexican War; Military; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Mexico
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Reade Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.