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am now, scoring up Diary, the wild wind howling outside. I think
I shall die on a windy night, it is in my mind linked with the idea
of death, I suppose owing to the circumstance of my grandfathers occurring
so.
  25. Tuesday.  Down town, to Genins, to the Post Office, to the  Era 
Office, to Andersons, where I saw him; and to Roberts, leaving the block
for Engraving there. Got nothing for bill-poster picture.   Afternoon ^|till|
evening in doors.   The Halls returned from the country. A [banber?] full
of hats &c from Genin.  Evening, desirous of escaping from a game of whist
with Alf off for Brooklyn.   A call at a fellow workman of his, one who
had been a sailor and hath circumnavigated the globe, and now rejocieth in
the posession of a wife, an attic, a child and $4 the week.  Left there,
and wandering through [word crossed out] houseless streets, by open lots, with the 
clear
night air and unmumbered stars above, found the abode of Steward Sanchez.
He and his good humoured English wife in a snug parlour, two small monkeys
in small box, well covered up, and a wedding going on up-stairs.  A cigar,
a glass of brandy-wasser, and tamarind-eating.  Converse nautical and of
emmigrants.  Steward Sanchez having been in the East India Company s service
is loyal to England s rule.   Left and return by 12.
  {26 Wednesday.     Drawing at Rolon s portrait.  Reading  Ten Thousand a
  27. Thursday.}     Year  &c, and I recollect not what else, No letters
from Charley save one to the little woman requesting she d permit him to
postpone payment of his debt till May, the which she justly refused. Mason
says Charley ll write when he wants anything.        Meandering down
the Bowery on Thursday morning met Joe, and with him to German boot
maker opposite, where I ordered pair of boots.   Divers other miscellaneous
employments, now not thinkable of. Alf Waud here all the week.
  28. Friday.  at work on portrait of little Mrs Dob, also on a full
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-four
Description:Describes a visit to Sanchez.
Date:1851-02-24
Subject:Anderson; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; East India Company; Genin; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Haydon; Hall, Homer; Mason; Roberts; Rolon; Sanchez; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [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.