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shop-mate Tysoe, and got as lucid a direction to the old mans whereabouts as
 Mr  Smith London  would be.     Took the cars and 25 cents steam acceleration
into Newark.   Arrived there at about 4, an icy-hair-freezing wind blowing
about the streets, the mud-rats in the roads hardened into granite by its breath.
Divers adventures had I in essay to discover   my quest, inquires innumerable and
finally successful.   Being directed to a shop where had worked a companion of the old
mans, got his address, and posting thither made inquiry, whereat a boy sitting
at work sayeth  Why that s my Father!  and pilots me to the domicile.   Jolly
old Collinson was seated at work as of yore; but not alone, wife, two children, girls,
and baby beside him.  Marvellously glad was he to see me   up he rose, and
insisted on the immediate imbibition of a modicum of gin from a tea-cup. Supped with
him and all of  em in great honor and glory, he descanting our last winter evening
in Jersey, enthusiastically.   And when I purposed going, he, nor wife would hear of
it   I must stop and  sleep along  o Bill Collinson.    Much did I plead, but
sooth to say the anticipation of the deathly cold wind, and dreary walk to the Rail road
had to influence, and to the universal content of all I consented to remain.
More fumigation and imbibition; old Collinson singing the  Death of Nelson  as of
yore, and ever and anon declaring that he was so glad to see me as if I d been his
own brother, and would ha  given twenty dollars for the same!  Finally what with
gin and hospitality he waxeth slightly bibulous, and we, as rending a perpendicular
ladder staircase to a clean whitewashed room, shaped like a Greek Delta, go to bed,
the two little children in the corner, Mrs C and baby below, and wind howling outside.
  31.  Friday.  Not being allowed to get up till breakfast was ready, lay till then.
Decent, lavation and breakfast.  Then so bright was the sun, so clear and
exhilarating the atmosphere, so dazzlingly white the snow I resolve to walk back
to New York. So resisting invites to stop  another day     till after dinner ,
made a triumphant farewell to all of  em and started.  Keeping along the 
Railroad Track, passed through the city, which looked as do most in America,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page forty-four
Description:Describes a visit to Collinson and his family in Newark.
Date:1851-01-30
Subject:Collinson, Bill; Collinson, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Tysoe; Winter
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Newark, [New Jersey]
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.