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duality when I see him, but in sober thought I feel, for aught deeper, the
time has gone by for ever.    I would it were not so.  I know him
  17. Tuesday.  Writing to Boutcher all the morning.   In the afternoon walked
down town with Waud, who telleth me how he hath, for a day or so being
drawing for Charley, who willeth not that I should know it, in case I might like it
not.  Left him at Fulton Street, and repairing to the Battery, after some little
walking about got a boatman to take me across to Governor s Island. A strong breeze
blowing, and the waves tossing tumultuously, spray dashing over and above us.
Arrived, found Barth at a place, the exterior of which looked like a whitewash
ed hovel, and the interior a decent, carpeted, parlour.   There sate the
whole dreary afternoon, in converse with him and one Miss Elizabeth.
Tepid talk of American poetess, and intermittent looking into albums. (This 
same Miss Elizabeth was wed, about getting a divorce,  had been illused by
her husband, and considered chastity in a man must arise from impotence.
All this I had learnt of Barth before.)          A breezy walk round part of
the island with Barth.  Red yellow bars of dull sun light as the day god
sunk, purple halo above, and cold chill gray over that.  Dismal poplars,
and chilly breeze.       At a place with hot fire and sleepy soldier. Barth
left me for his supper, and I taking up Bescott s History of Mexico read
a little, and mused still more of what glory had brought me to. He
returned, and I embarked, and was rowed through the wild waters and
night to Brooklyn.  Ferry boat and brisk tramp back to Canal street,
buckwheat cakes and supper, and a quiet evening.   Wrote a long letter
to Mary, going to bed at about 1/2 past 1.
  18. Wednesday.  Took letters to Post Office.  Calls, at the Life
Office, at Fowler buildings, first going over to Brooklyn, calling
on Stratton the little Dentist, but did not find him within.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty-four
Description:Describes a visit to William Barth on Governors Island.
Date:1850-12-16
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dentists; Divorce; Food; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Livers, Liz; Stratton; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Fulton Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.