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as if built a week ago, so bright and new, and clean, and well treed  is it.
Passing over a wooden bridge, where every plank creaked as the ice work webbing it
beneath gave way, left the pretty city with the frozen, and snow covered river, the
boats, the distant houses and straggling streets behind, and a brisk walk onwards.
Beds of tall reeds and frozen morass on my right, and farther on Newark Bay.
On my left, open and flat country, here and there a few cedars.  Wind strong
and fiercely cold, now and then a pedestrian would meet me with his frosty ears hidden
in handkerchief,   ere long I was fain to copy them.  Passed the Hackensack with
its long, queer bridges, and ere long neared the steep rocks on each side of the rail
road, familiar to my Jersey days.    Arrived at the end of my eight mile walk
at 12, called in at Ben Haun s liquor store and was served by the boy Rosely
to a glass of ale, called at Tysoe s, left address of Collinson, and over to New 
York to dinner.   Drawing during the evening, during which Dillon Mapother called.
  1. Saturday.  In-doors all day, drawing head gear for Genin.
  2. Sunday.   Tailoring, reading and conversing with Alf Waud all the morning
Afternoon reading.   Evening, drest, and a walk alone down Broadway, called on
Mr Richardson, and sate half and hour with him and his wife, then returned
to Alf Waud.   Charley comes home, glass of ale and we talk of boy adventures
school-pranks and the like till 1.
  3. Monday.  Mr Hart calling, with him and Alf Waud down town. A
call at Andersons, another at Genins, parted with Mr Hart, walk on the 
pleasant Battery, and return along the North River.   Drawing in company
with Alf the remainder of the day.  Charley with us part of the afternoon. Alf
reading the Todgerian part of Chuzzlewit in the evening.     An half hours visit
from Mr Cross, who coucheth with Waud for the present.
  4. Tuesday. Drawing head gear all day.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page forty-five
Description:Describes his winter walk from Newark to Jersey City.
Subject:Anderson; Books and reading; Collinson, Bill; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Haun, Ben; Mapother, Dillon; Practical jokes; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Rosely; Tysoe; Waud, Alfred; Winter
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Newark, New Jersey]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.