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birth-place Canton, his kin wealthy, and his object in thus coming hither
to seek Hayden Hall, his former  boss , principally to acquire a knowledge 
of the language.
  19. Wednesday.  Mr Hart called. (He and Dillon returned to New York
on Monday, on the evening of which they paid me a visit.)     Down town with
Hart, calling in at Holts, where they had established themselves in the room
whilome occupied by the Richardons.       I called at Andersons, then at
Genins. More work for the latter. Then a call at Liberty Street with
Mr Hart, whereat I left him.       Drawing the drilling machine during
the afternoon and evening.  Cross as usual playing his Accordion, Alf
Waud tailoring.   Cross waxing slightly bibulous, at 12, singeth at top of his
voice a certain self composed bit of magnificent nonsense, to the tune of the
 fine old English gentlemen.  Thus is was
			 Jerusalem my happy home, oh how I long to see
			The great Menad-gee-ree that went to Mil-wau-keeee
			And from there they went to Chicago to see what they could see-e
			And from there to Genesee, up the Niagaree
				With a fine ole___ __d  English Genttel-nean
					All of the oldest kind! 
  /  Had a letter from Hannah Bennett on Tuesday, brought to me by
Fred Greatbatch, it having been directed to Chamber Street.      I would not 
[words crossed out]  All good be with her, for her kind
thoughts of me, but I Can Not Cast again.  I must be Alone henceforth.
Sad is it to find more thought of me, and kind words and memories in
me who has ^|so| little of me, than ten long years of love can win in
Mary.      /       That was a happy time, that Chacombe one with
me.  A patch of sunlight on the past I love to think of.  Simple, good
happy hearts, there is no spot whereon the sun shines, whereon the heaven of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-one
Description:Comments on receiving a letter from Hannah Bennett.
Date:1851-02-18
Subject:Anderson; Atchien; Bennett, Hannah; Bilton, Mary; Chinese; Cross; Genin; Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Haydon; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Songs; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Chacombe, [England]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street; Liberty 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.