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Contempt in every phrase. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]!         /             Charley arriving sent me off
to Genin the hatters, with whom, after some confab, I agreed to make drawings
of some thousands of varied head-gear, of all ages.    Returned through the
pitiless breezy, gusty, death-cold evening, dropping in, again, by the way
at the Office, and finding chilly Macnamara and Pelham sitting by the
fire place.          Evening, (this present time),  with Waud and Brown. Egg-
flip, converse, philosophic, and on the metaphysics of love, Self Control
and scoretiveness.   Charley Brown loveth not as I do, though perchance
more wisely, inasmuch as he doth not unveil his own soul to her he loves
but playeth the more reserved party.  He thinketh of what is she to him,
and believeth that woman s love is but a past recompense for a man s appreciation
of her.  Withal he has infinite tact and power of self control, even in the 
expression of his passion, and will not forget self respect in displaying it, as I did
of yore most unwisely.  Had I loved less, or have controlled and hidden my
feelings better I should not have suffered as I did.    [words crossed out]
  24. Tuesday.  Drawing Head-gear in company with Charley, who was at 
work on block for the Era. In the Afternoon Butler called, and Mr Hart.
Evening Joe called.       I made a brief rush down town to Genin s, through
the cold Christmas Eve Night, then returned. Charley joining us, we four
brew egg-flip and cock kidneys by stove. Eating, drinking, and some little
talk worth naming till 12.
  25. Wednesday and Christmas Day, of all good days in the Year.
Off with Waud to Hoboken, a fresh frosty morning.  A party of militia
crossing, and divers Sportsmen bent of the resolve to astonish Hoboken birds.
Joined some three of the latter and a tramp through the marshes, leaping
half frozen streams with good or bad success, sliding over bearable ones, hurrying
along over the sharp hard, crackling ground, and our breaths streaming out
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty-seven
Description:Describes his Christmas and Christmas Eve activities.
Date:1850-12-23
Subject:Anderson, Pelham; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Christmas; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Food; Genin; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leisure; Mac Namara; Waud, Alfred; Winter; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
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.