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Evans at Holts, (where we found Smith O Brien Fogarty and Tom Scott
sitting in the spitting room, ( and I parted with Mr Hart and Dillon at
the Ferry, and returned back to Canal, up Broadway.
  25.  Saturday.  Waited till 11, expecting the arrival of Mr Hart,
then to 14th pier, East River, and aboard the Arctic, where the two
Evans  shortly afterwards arrived, and subsequently Mr Hart.  Talk in-
cidental, exchanged addresses.  Arthur Evans, Wellington Road, Edgbaston
Birmingham. .  Steam tug arriving we quit, short farewell, and off.
Parted with Mr Hart, called unsuccessfully at Spottiswoode s, then to
Canal Street.     At Supper, Homer Hall informeth me, he, on Tuesday
next designeth returning for a weeks stay at his home, Byron, Genesee
county, State of New York, also suggesteth I had  better come with him 
adding that I shall see Niagara &c.  Perfectly aghast at the good-
nature of such an invite was I, and asked him what the devil he could
see in me to offer it. Says that $20 would clear expenses.  Told him
I d think it over, whether I d a right to accept.  Went down town to
Era Office. Got $5 more paid.  Talk with Picton in his snuggery for an
hour or twain, then out, lager beer imbibition opposite, and anon at
the Saint Charles , with a posse of his acquaintances who collared him
in Broadway.  Home by 1.
  26. Sunday. In Halls room awhile. Barth called, and we took
a Broadway and Bowery walk together.  Afternoon he, I and Homer
Hall crossed to Hoboken, along the Elysian Fields & to the Shades.
Imbibed and then a rapid return about sunset, meeting Mason by
the way.   Evening, Mr Hall the Elder, Homer, Cross, Barth
and afterwards Charley and Mason in our room.  Barth fighting
his battles o er again to the delectation of Mr Hall and others.
Charley reporteth of his brothers horrific appearance, natheless antici-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page forty-two
Description:Mentions an invitation from Homer Hall to go with him to visit his home in Byron, Genesee County, New York, so Gunn can see Niagara Falls.
Date:1851-01-24
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Brown, Albert; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Evans, Arthur; Fogarty; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Haydon; Hall, Homer; Hart; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Mason; O'Brien, Smith; Picton, Thomas; Scott, Tom; Travel
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Byron, Genesee County, New York; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; 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.