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home is more perfect.        No, Hannah Bennett   think not of a poor
[word crossed out] melancholic fellow whose heart is grey, and whose power of loving is
well nigh worn out of him.   Love some one who can return it, and deserve
it. Be happy and God bless you. [words crossed out]
  20. Thursday.   Barth called in the morning.  Drawing all
day at the Drilling Machine.   Matagrabolized and self reproachful.
Cyder drinking and writing at night in company with Cross and Alf.  Mr
Hart with us for half an hour.
  21. Friday.  Writing, to my mother and to Boutcher. Rain sans
intermission.
  22. Saturday.  Down town.  To Genin s who telleth how that Nedwin
Forrest hath replied to his application for access to his library, like to the
individual spoken of in Joe Miller; that he will not lend the bellows
but that the applicant may come unto Fonthill Castle and blow away sans
limit, wherefore he, Genin designeth paying my expenses thereto.  Inti-
mated acquiescence.      Called at Wells and Webb for block, then to the
Era Office where I found Picton in his sanctum, on the desk before him
a huge bowie knife, the which he designated a  patent medicine for ma-
king    Short-boys  shorter.   Got his portrait en daguerrotype, for transmission
to wood-block. Called at Park Place, and after little converse out with
Fred, Macnamara, and strange Paddylander accidentally present.  The day
being Washington s birthday, crowds of militia thronging the park;   we
watch them defile out into Broadway.  Irish Brigades, Liberty guards,
Independence &c, Marion &c, Putnam &c, United Americans &c.  General 
expression visible on their countenances, an overwhelming anxiety to  keep
step .  Good uniforms, bad uniforms, no uniforms.  Stupid little
temple with wax doll, helmeted, tow wig and balancing its head parally-
tically,   representing Liberty.  Fellows with pants rolled up and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-two
Description:Mentions an opportunity to go to Fonthill Castle, and describes a parade of militia companies for George Washington's birthday.
Date:1851-02-19
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Barth, William; Bennett, Hannah; Boutcher, William; Cross; Drawing; Forrest, Edwin; Genin; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Irish; Mac Namara; Military; Parades; Picton, Thomas; Washington, George; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.