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the Yarmouth boatman Peggotty, with his deep love for his pretty mere, his
manliness, his quaint, and to me pleasant Norfolk phrase.  At the terrible
scene of the flight of Em ly the heart is fain to find relief in tears, so great is
the authors power of portraying the agony of unfathomable love in the heart, the
glorious English heart of the man.        But why name one, when All, All
is so good, so true, so mirth and sympathy-moving, so pure,   so worthy
of the God-given Genius producing it.   Happy Times to have such instructors!
happy to live and enjoy and understand them!
  22. Wednesday.  Hat drawing all day.   Evening. Dillon, Mr Hart,
Charley and Waud company.   Playing Whist till 12, and when Mr Hart
and Dillon had then left, an hour afterwards with Cross and Freeman.
  23. Thursday.  In-doors all day, hat copying.  Have got through Turkish,
Old English, am doing Russian, Laplandic, &c.     Charley and Mason in
anon;  report that Albert Brown was dying had suddenly fetched them up
town to discover it to be exaggerated statement.  He lieth in imminent danger
though.    Poor fellow, good looking, young, and   that s all.  A handsome
picture frame with naught in it.
  24. Friday.  Down town. To Genins, to Era Office, (where I got $5 on
account from Atwood,)  to Spottiswoode s (parcel not-forthcoming yet,) to Genin s
again, and then to Richardson s.        In doors all the afternoon. Evening a
visitor arrives. Evans, one of the Oxfordshire born brethren I met at Holt s
last September, a good-tempered sensible fellow. Hath been travelling, west
and South, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chilicothe, New Orleans, Mobile, Charleston
&c.     Mapother and Mr Hart came; (the latter having to seal agreement
about a survey he has been appointed to is absent half-an hour, but rejoins
us.)  Gave Evans my Daguerrotype, for transportation to England, he having
with his brother taken a passage in a vessel anticipating to clear out to morrow.
Talk, fumigation and ale till 11, when I walked out with them. Left
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page forty-one
Description:Continues commenting on ''David Copperfield,'' and mentions meeting Evans, who has been traveling to the South and West.
Date:1851-01-21
Subject:Atwood; Brown, Albert; Cross; Daguerreotype; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dickens, Charles; Drawing; Evans, Arthur; Freeman; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Mason; Richardson; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.