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  1. Sunday.  At the Office coloring the perspective all   the
morning and afternoon.  Young Fred Anderson with me, he 
reading Paul de Kock s Andrew The Savoyard.  In
the afternoon Mapother and Waud called, and we walked
back together. Mapother had for me the two final
numbers of Copperfield; the which I had great pleasure
in lying on the bed and reading, partly aloud to Waud.
Oh Charles Dickens many a happy hour hast thou given
me, and little did I, in my school-boy days, speculate
on getting thy green covered numbers to read in Yankeeland.
  2.  Monday.  Office.  Perspective pushed and sent off.
Boys tossing for pies and brandy &c. Evening with Waud
and Charley, smoking, talking, and scribbling these last two
pages   with aching eyes.
  3. Tuesday. Naught to do at the office till the Governor returneth, so
my time mine own. In doors all the drizzling despondent day. Household
jobs, button sewing, trouser cleaning &c. Talk some little, Waud at
work on canvass, read more.  Wrote to Naomi in the evening.  Morse
called and paid for Nassau street nocturnal work.
  4. Wednesday.  Rain still. To the Era Office   saw Tom Frank.
Then to Morse s, anon to the Life Office, where I found Hawkins in-
stalled as editor.  A few more calls, then ascending Fowler s buildings
found Charley seated at one end of the long room talking, or rather
listening to the talk of a literary lady. Oh me what a bore she
was!  That the world was all wrong, that every one should do his
or her best to turn it upside down   that she knew herself, and
by the omnipotence of her will, could mould and impel all about
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighteen
Description:Comments on his love of Charles Dickens and his conversation with a ''literary lady.''
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dickens, Charles; Drawing; Era.; Frank, Tom; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Life in New-York.; Mapother, Dillon; Morse; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau 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.