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Of Time and Eternity. Of desire to live with more present knowledge of 
God my Father which is in Heaven.  Of a wish to be better, humbler, purer
and happier.     And of her I love.     Of my Mother and of her
taking me up-stairs into her room and praying with me on the morning of
parting.   Oh my Mother, God grant I may see you again some day!
  10. Tuesday.  Office all day.  Finished little Section of Hall of Congress.
Evening drawing for this weeks  Era  subject. Mr Anderson off for Washington.
  11. Wednesday.  Completing  Era  drawing.  Mapother called, and with
him Mr Hart, whom had this morning arrived from Stanhope. Out
together, parting at Fulton Street. Called on Charley, with block,
then to the Era Office where I saw Picton, and thence to the Office,
where I learnt I was needed on the morrow, thence to Canal and
dinner.    Taking it east in the afternoon.  Evening Mapother and Hart
calling, went with them to Burton s play-house.  The old comedy of
the  Road to Ruin  well played.  [unclear word] boy afterwards.  To the Grapes
afterwards, where after a glass of whiskey and cigar I left them at Jersey-ferry
and departed Canal wards.  Found Charley and Waud just returned from
an up-town visit to the former s bright eyed Lotty.
  12.  Thursday.  Thanksgiving day.  Office.  Out at noon with Fred
Anderson, met Waud, and anon Barth, as we progressed down Broadway,
which was peopled with holiday Yankees. To Cedar street for  potheen 
for to-night.  Barth kept company with Waud all the afternoon, I at
the Office.  They came down about two o  the clock and we returned
together.  At 7 the boys came and Mac Namara. Whiskey
punch cigars and singing till midnight when they departed.    Charley
queer.   Dreary work this.
  13. Friday.  Evening at home. Office all day.
  14. Saturday.  Office as usual.  Letters arrive for Barth.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty-two
Description:Discusses his work and going out with friends.
Date:1850-12-09
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Architectural drawing; Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Washington, [District of Columbia]; Stanhope, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Cedar Street; Fulton Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.