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Walked back with Waud.  Drawing &c during the afternoon.  Mr Hart
and Mapother called in the evening.
  19. Thursday.  Long talk and smoke with Mr Hall in his room, smoking real
Manillas.       Drawing all the sleety slushy, rainy day. Alf Waud with me.
Charley joined us in the evening, and announced the anticipated break up of
the firm of Butler and Brown.    Sorry for it.
  20. Friday. Drawing for the  Era .    Young Fred Anderson calls in the after-
noon.   Joe in the Evening.
  21. Saturday.      To the  Era  Office, Charley accompanying me down
town.      Thence to Fowler s Buildings, leaving the drawing for engraving.
A call at the Office, and it s necessary consequance, tossing for alcohol. Return
to dinner; afterwards, at about 3 over to Brooklyn to Stratton s.  Had
dental operation performed and returned.         After supper, with the younger
Hall and Waud to Burton s.   A tepidly funning, conventionally conceived
 American Comedy    and amends for it, in  Used Up! 
  22. Sunday.   After leaving Waud at his workshop door called at 
Bayard Street for Joe, and with him to Jersey.  Mr Hart and Mapother
not within their boarding-house.    Continued our walk and hunted up Hughie
Muir, seeing him and his wife.   Learnt that old Collinson hath got his
wife and family with him, nigh unto Newark, also that he, being in Jer-
sey, made divers unsuccessful efforts to hunt up my whereabouts.     Strolled
on to the Bergen rocks,  cut cedar boughs for Christmas room-decoration,
looked about on the landscape.   Dull, windless atmosphere above, below
pods thinly-candied with ice, red earth railroad track, sombre tree-
skeletons of Hoboken. Little Jersey, and the leaden-hued water beyond.
Returned, parting, and each to his several dinner.     Snow flakes thin 
and feathery during the afternoon.     Reading Howitt s  Homes and Haunts  &c
by the stove, till drowsy with heat and the luxury of being alone, dozed
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty-five
Description:Describes a wintery visit to Hoboken with Joe Greatbatch.
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Christmas; Christmas decorations; Collinson, Bill; Collinson, Mrs.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dentists; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Muir, Hugh; Stratton; Waud, Alfred; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Hoboken, [New] Jersey; Newark, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Bayard 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.