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to the Office through the driving rain.  More to do, so set about it. Mr
A exhilarant and confidant respecting the result. Talk of the Presidant Fill-
more, of North and South &c.  At nightfall, after two whiskey punches
at Sherwoods with the boys and Macnamara, (who this day hath received an
addition to his family, and in whose honor the event occured;)  a rush over
to the Era Office, where I found Picton smoking and printers working re-
turned by 8 to Canal, over enow.
  8. Sunday.  Rain ended and a clear, glorious frosty morning, so off
out, and through the glad, quiet cheerful streets to the old Jersey
ferry.  Crossed, and tremendous wind blowing, the wild-waves leaping
most exultingly, clouds hurrying to and fro, here and there a patch
of blue sky.  Called at the American Hotel, Mapother not there,
went on to York Street, saw John and Ben Haun.  With Ben to
the barbers shop, and anon to his liquor store.  Heard that printer John
Rankin had returned home, ill, having gone to the play with a bottle of
vitriol in pocket (?), had burnt himself.      Hughie Muir has married.
Drank with Ben, then made a call at Hughie s late boarding place
where I saw a damsel with a pretty foot, who informed me, standing
in the gusty, sunny door way, of Hughie s address, receiving most co-
quetishly my compliments, and exposing white cotton stocking and satin vest,
meanwhile.   Back to New York and dinner.   Mapother and Barth
called, and Brown came in anon.    Barth wet through in his progress
from Governor s Island.   Inbibition and fumigation.  Talk of Ireland and
difference of creed, and race, of military tactics and republicanism.
Mapother left, and Brown ditto.  Toss with Barth whether he should
sup with us or we with him, result we go out, partake of oyster
stew with him, and anon a walk down Broadway, the dull clear
night air, pinnacled with stars innumerable over head.  Arriving at
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty
Description:Describes a visit to see old friends in New Jersey.
Subject:Anderson; Barth, William; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Haun, John; Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Muir, Hugh; Picton, Thomas; Rankin, John
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Ireland
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal 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.