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16. Thursday. An hours sketching on the end of the pier at far of Canal
Street, to the interest and admiration of divers loafers who thronged thither
for that purpose.   Then at work on the head-gear all day. Dillon
Mapother called and stayed an hour in the morning.     Evening, sitting
at work, Waud bearing me company on hear the booming of cannon, and an-
ticipating the advent of the mad steamer Atlantic, which hath delayed over
long, we go to the end of the street, pass an hour gazing out on the
tranquil water and misty horizon, mid a posse of good tempered b hoy s
and loafers, then a stroll along the North River, in and up Broad-
way, and so back. Drew an hour or so, subsequently.
  17. Friday.  Drawing all the morning.  A visit from Mr Hart.
Afternoon a letter (by the  Franklin  I suppose. last night s steamer)
From my mother and Naomi. a draft for  12 in t, 5 for
a gift to Mary Ann, and remaining 7 to me. Contribution made by
all, my father, Ned, Rosa and Naomi and Charley.   Now God bless them
  more do I value it from the thought of it s thus being raised than for
the value of t, I swear.            Also, a notification of a little gift par-
cel, anticipated to be at Spottiswoode s, Bible printers. Dressed, and
a walk to Clift Street about it, calling in at Park Place by the
way.    Unsuccessful, not available yet.   Returned calling in at
Butlers, and seeing him, all alone, by the way.   Drawing all the
evening, Waud with me, and after 10, Charley.  Pleasant enow
during the earlier part, but to the latter Waud petty and manifest
ing desire to inflict pain to a degree.  Horridly splenetic that he could
not ruffle me, contradicting himself a score of times, and generally
unhealthy in mind.       Gave him rugh physic by candour, letting 
him now paltry  twas.   He hath a morbid idea that the world
ill-uses him, and again that he, by the performance of little
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page thirty-eight
Description:Mentions the arrival of the steamer Atlantic and Alfred Waud's mood.
Subject:Butler, Warren; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Clift 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.