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all the afternoon.     Time frittered away thus, as I could not see Genin
or get the Books necessary till the Afternoon. Charley at work all day in
doors, (Butler supposed to be winding up the Fowlers Building affair.)    Evening
drawing the head gear till midnight.
  27. Friday.  At work on the Head-gear all day till 11 at night.
Charley with me fore and afternoon. Evening Alf Waud, Mapother and Mr
Hart who called about 7, and remained till 10.   And here I sit, all
alone, clock striking twelve, fire very low, and with intent to be speedily in
bed.  Wonder whether old Collinson is thinking of last Christmas, and what poor
Herr Sander s at.
  28.  Saturday.  The Engraving for the weeks  Era  being completed, I with
Charley hurry down-town, first to Wells and Webb, then to Fowler s Buildings: then
I, with the block take my way to the Era Office.   Drawing during the day,
and at night down town again to the Era Office.  Got paid $20, sate with
Picton looking over Volumes of the New Newgate Calender with Phiz s illustration
for an hour or so, then out with him. To a little Dutch Beer-hostel, where
he played dominoes, talked vociferously, ate sausages and drank Lager Beer,
in which employments, save the former I accompanied him.  A German made
the triumvirate complete.          Left them at a corner of the Park, and re-
turned to Canal Street, Charley and Waud, through the pouring rain.
  29.  Sunday.  Had intent to go Hobokenizing but the weather forbade.
So remained in doors, drawing,  in company with Waud and Brown till
the afternoon, when Dillon Mapother called for me, bearing an invite from
Mr Richardson s.    Went there together through the icy cold, glassy pavemented
streets, and arriving at Liberty Street found Mr R, his [words crossed out]
Yorkshire wife, and Mr Hart.     A social, home like meal, then,
all sitting round the fire (blazing furiously)  huge sofa in front, pretty
little King Charles spaniel beside, the evening passed sociably.   Whiskey and
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page twenty-nine
Description:Describes drinking with friends and a visit to Richardson's home.
Subject:Butler, Warren; Christmas; Collinson, Bill; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Food; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Sander; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Liberty 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.