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noon.  Did not go out any more this day.  Homer Hall, Cross and Alf
as company.  Reading  Ten Thousand  &c.          Barth called on the morning
of yesterday, also I had a letter from home.  From my Mother and from Naomi.
  3.  Monday.  Intending a day s hard work, but the day so sunny, the sky
so fresh and Alf Waud so inclined for a days vagabondize that off we start,
committing ourselves to ferry boat for Hoboken.  Haydon Hall aboard, converse with
him of Mammoth Cave and Panoramas generally, a breezy day outside,
and the waves calling.  A brisk riverside tramp of three miles, then ascend
the rocks, and commence sketching, the familiar part, the wild position into
which the stones have fallen conveying the idea of a Druidical Cromlech. This,
with the tall rocks  sheltering us from above, the warm sun on our backs, and 
a calm, glad silence around passed the happy morning.  Alf sketching on
canvas, in al, I with paper and pencil.  Drawing done, firing the
dried leaves &c.  And at about 2, he hiding his sketch in the fissure
of a huge rock, we descend and back to Canal.   Dine in kitchen and
then ascent.  Mrs Dob inducts a strange man into my room intimating he s
to abide there. Won t have it, so Alf comes in, and relinquishes his to
the stranger, an employee of Mr Hall.      Evening Cross comes home bruised
horse having smashed the buggy to smithereens, spilt him on a load of iron-
ware and then stood still.  Homer Hall and Atchien in company with
us. The latter teaching us how to do our Autographs in Chinese.    Heard 
to day that Alfred Brown of Albany, Charley s elder brother, and the
main stay and hope of  em had become bankrupt.
  {4. Tuesday.      In doors, drawing. Picton s portrait &c.  Cross,
  5.  Wednesday.}     Wand, and Homer Hall generally present during
the evenings.   Atchein much in our room, laughing, howling &
cutting capers.
  6. Thursday.  Drawing, Genin s caps.  Waud over at Brooklyn
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page fifty-eight
Description:Describes a scenic walk with Alfred Waud.
Subject:Atchien; Bankruptcy; Barth, William; Brown, Alfred; Chinese; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; Genin; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Haydon; Hall, Homer; Horses; Leisure; Picton, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
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.