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I resolve to scratch off a page or so, trus-
ting to continue it, some how, at some time or
other.   Never was I so busy in my life before.
I begin to think that after so long weary waiting
on the brink, so much pitiful dabbling in shallow
water, so much of chilled hope and baffled endea-
vor, I have at length got out into the broad stream
in which it behoves a man to swim vigorously.  It
may be I deceive myself and in writing of it (as
I have done) shall raise false hopes in the heart
of the dear girl who loves me. (Hannah! you are
now a woman of thirty, yet I think as I write
of you, as a girl!)     But I hope not.   How
any man with money would smile at my aspira-
tions, knowing on what they are founded.  Let me
put it down.  Years to come I may smile   I
hope happily, in Hannah s company   to look at it.
  I am Literary Critic to the Century at $10
per week.
  I edit and illustrate the Picayune   $17 nomi-
nally.    That is Bob Gun pays me what he is able
to, gives me orders on tailors and tradespeople,
owing me the balance.  Perhaps I get $10 a week
in money, sometimes less.
  I do a $5 article, weekly, for the Sunday
Courier.
  I have drawn to the amount of $30 for the 
Phinny Phellow, and might have done twice as
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Regarding his various writing jobs for ''The Century,'' ''The New York Picayune,'' ''The Sunday Courier,'' and others.
Date:1859-10-17
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Century.; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York picayune.; Phinny phellow.; Publishers and publishing; Sunday courier.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; 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.