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my week s board.   The drunkard had kept
the money till the close of the office for h me, when find-
ing I didn t appear and being with  the boys  he had
squandered all but $3!          I m to get it  on Mon-
day.                Left Gun & Tracy at their door, Ar-
nold following, Gayler taking down-town omnibus
on his way to Long Island, where he lives.      A
close raw, wet mist everway, muddy streets, every
thing miserable, had a temporary feeling as if this
earth might be hell.    Thoughts of Chacombe, of
Hannah and of God.      Let me blaze away at [phonography]
and in six months I can qualify myself for verbatim
reporting, which will put me above the dire necessity
of dependence on two-penny ha penny degradations.
Then I eschew such scenes, marry as dear and
earnest a woman as lives and do such work as God
has given me ability to.   To bed with that resolution
and not without something like a prayer for the
fellows in whose company I d been  Father, for-
give them, they know not what they do!     Christ
would have pitied and yearned over them.
  22.  Sunday.  Chores &c; weather still wet
and gloomy, but clearing up by 4 in the afternoon.
To 16th street.  In Haney s room half an hour when
Parton came up; all three talked awhile then out
together, down the 5th Avenue, the sunlight coming out
brightly and the trees luxuriant in their spring verdure.
Had tea, toast and cresses pleasantly together, at
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page two hundred and forty-two
Description:Describes a night out drinking with a group of Bohemians.
Subject:Arnold, George; Bennett, Hannah; Bohemians; Gayler, Charles; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Parton, James; Tracy
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):5th Avenue; 16th Street
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.