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5. Wednesday.  Drawing headgear all day.  Bit of a run to Fulton
Street, at sunset, through muddy, sloppy, dank London atmosphere.
  6. Thursday.  In-doors all day, drawing some little, reading more, thinking
melancholic and matagrabolized.
  7. Friday. Down town during the morning, called at Park Place, at Genin s,
at Holden s Magazine Office, where I had a chat with Fowler, to the Era Office.
Then to Putnam s, to purchase certain numbers of Leigh Hunts journal. [word crossed 
out]
[words crossed out] First by him was I inducted to the dainties that are bred in a
book.   Strangely pleasant is it to think that I, walking along through the
Broadway of New York should be delightedly reading the writings of the man,
whose  Indicator  pleased my mothers girlhood. [words crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[line crossed out]
  8. Saturday.  In doors, drawing all day, till evening, when leaving Charley,
his friend Fogg and Waud, ran down town, and through the intensely cold night
to the Era Office. Returned shortly, and joining the trio, sate indulging in
harmony and bibition till about 12, when Charley and friend Fogg turn in &
I do the same.
  9. Sunday.  To the little Universalist Church, and a sermon of Chapin in
the morning.  Afternoon in-doors, save, at sunset a brief Broadway stroll with
Mr Cross.  Smoke issuing from the rear of Stewards palace-store a huge posse
of firemen out in a twinkling, but there was no occasion for their services.
Evening in-doors, with Barth, (who was present all day)  Mr Cross, Mr Hall the
elder and Alf Waud. Ale and talk.
  {10. Monday.     Head-gear from Knights Old England these two days. Nor
  11.  Tuesday}     did I stir out if I recollect right. Mr Hart and
Dillon in the country, I anticipating making a days visit to them on Thurs-
day. A visit from Mr Johns on Monday. Still in New York & doing well.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page forty-six
Description:Mentions purchasing volumes of the journal of Leigh Hunt and attending church.
Date:1851-02-05
Subject:Barth, William; Books and reading; Chapin, E.H.; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Firemen; Fogg; Fowler; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Haydon; Hart; Hunt, Leigh; Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Putnam; Religion; Sermons; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; London, [England]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Fulton 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.