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site room and I am going to have a pipe and
a read at Southey s  Doctor. 
  23.  Saturday.  Down town, meeting Bob Gun by the
way.  To Omnibus office, Britton not in.  To Harper s,
saw Nordhoff, Bonner &  the Major . (The second alluded
to a bit of chaff I put in anent the paper in a  Restaurant 
article.)   Sketch for  cawicachaw  accepted.  To Post-Office,
Strongs &c, then to Omnibus again.   There till 2, vainly
waiting for Britton, the day wet and miserably.  Rode
up town, dined and down again.   Another hour and a 
half s miserable waiting   no Britton, consequently no
money.    Got so nervous and irritated at the waste of
time, mortification &c, that Adrian, the engraver, whom
I wanted to pay (chafing only at not being able to) who
met me in the street instead of adding to it by dun-
ning me proposed a glass of ale.     Up town again, by
omnibus.      Rain, room, rain.   A wretched, humilia-
ting day of it.   Did something however; in the eve-
ning.          Will the day ever, ever come when I shall
remember this poverty as permanently bye-gone?   
  Yet how many are there in this city ten times worse
off than I.   Women, too, who are always miserably
paid; who make less in a week than I for a morning s
work   sometimes.          Rawson up in my room, nearly
all day.    I don t think I have ever put down any
details as to his antecendent.    His father, Gill, was a
Manchester man who married a wife of half his age, con-
trary to his relations  wishes.   Hence he came to America.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and ninety-four
Description:Regarding his frustration at not being paid for his work.
Subject:Adrian; Bonner, John; Britton; Gill; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nordhoff; Poverty; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; 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.