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				  1851
				January
  1.  Wednesday.   Charley and friend Fogg up and dressing.   I and Alfred
pulling up old floor-matting, sweeping dust &c.     They off for their new years calls.
Joe came, and I with him visited Mr Greatbatch s.   Returned, parting with
Joe.   The boy Andersons called with Mac Namara. Waud dressed, and we start
out together.  Visited M Jullien, gentlemanly French hostel proprieter, and client
of  the Office .   Imbibing Champagne, Madeira and Whiskey (?)   There an hour
then left.    Gave the boys the slip and after brief stroll returned to Canal Street,
to pass the remainder of the day in quiet, which to this present 10 at night has
been happily accomplished.   Folks are merry down stairs, and I am thought-
fully content above.  Fire is burning brightly, and Alf Waud is writing a letter
to his mother, beside me.
  2. Thursday.  A call at the Office, at 12. Hat-drawing during the
afternoon and evening.
  3. Friday.  Putting down carpet &c. with Waud and Charley in the fore
noon.  Mr Hart called.  Hats  occupying the remainder of the day.
  4. Saturday.  Drawing and thereanent.  Don t recollect going abroad.
  5. Sunday.  A  fresh mornings walk along the brink of the North River,
huge ice-blocks borne along by the clear cold water, or besieging the wharfs;
timber piles all candied with ice or snow.     Return to dinner and Alf Waud.
Afternoon reading and dozing till Mapother called.    Evening with Waud and
the younger Hall to Chapin s.  Sermon peculiarly apropos for a New Year. Of
the object and ends of Life, that Man being the culminating point of Nature,
the link between the visible and invisible hath a higher destiny than existence in this
lower world.  That this exquisitely fashioned raiment of body worn by us enshrines
a spirit to which Nature speaks not only through Material beauty, but Spiritual 
and Moral.   That as the successive generations of Mankind go to the grave
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page thirty-three
Description:Describes attending a sermon at Chapin's church.
Date:1851-01-01
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Chapin, E.H.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Fogg; Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Hart; Jullien, M.; Mac Namara; Mapother; New Year; Religion; Sermons; Waud, Alfred; Waud, Mrs.; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal 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.