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and issue from the womb, the Landmarks of time flitting inexorable by, it
behoves them to know for What they Live.     And of false ends, and lastly of
the true one, as manifest in that of Jesus Christ.      /             Return,
walk up Broadway,  and Canal, oyster-stew and ale at the latter, en trium-
  6. Monday.  To the Office, and saw Mr Anderson, just about to start
for Washington. Sanguine as to success.    To the Era Office, then to Genins.
Afternoon to Era Office again, to the Office of Holden s Magazine, to
 Life  Office (where I saw Van Fleet, who telleth how dissension hath nigh ended the
existence of that paper, which will be defunct ere long.)  To the Post Office, to Wells
and Webbs ,  to Park Place, then return.  Drawing in the evening, in
company with Alf Waud. Charley out, en attendance on his lady-love, who,
poor girl is sick.   He has returned to the employ of Roberts, his former  boss. 
  7. Tuesday.  Drawing the weeks  Era  subject on wood all day till evening.
Waud with me during the evening, and part of it Charley.   Mr Hart called.
Ere long he departeth again for Stanhope.     Talk of Payne s Air Gas, of the
Navigation of the Atmosphere   and of the Spirit-World.
  {8. Wednesday.     Down town, making a call at the Office, and at
  9. Thursday.}     Genins. He being sick, left drawings to be conveyed up-
town to him, with a letter.  Man called in the afternoon, requesting me
to visit Genin.  How the minor detail of the two days passed I bear not in
mind, save drawing the head gear.  Coat of arms drawing.
  10. Friday.  Was about starting for up-town when a note arrived from
Genin, so turned my nose southwards. Called on him. Afternoon,
drawing Head gear from a fine illuminated book on Ancient English Costumes
Evening the boy Anderson s called with the news that their  old man 
as they phrase it hath telegraphed from Washington that his plans
are approved of. Natheless it is not yet decided. May it hap as he
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page thirty-four
Description:Regarding his drawing work for the week.
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Chapin, E.H.; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Era.; Food; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Life in New-York.; Religion; Roberts; Sermons; Van Fleet; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Washington, [District of Columbia]; Stanhope, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal 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.