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hour left and returned to Canal.
  9. Sunday.  Joe calling with the intelligence that Mary Anne was
sick, accompanied him to Clarkson Street. There for an hour,
seeing all of them, then returned.  Alf being disinclined to accept Barth s
invite, set off alone, crossed to Brooklyn, hunted up a boatman,
and was pulled across through the driving spray and sunny waves.   Arrived
at the Hospital and found Barth, installed in a clean, tolerably spacious
white-washed room, a huge coal fire glowing intensely at one end, above
the mantel piece divers books, a skull and cold dissecting knives.  Three
power pots in window and a small iron bed-stead in the corner of the room.
  Dined, he having done so, and sat reading Carlyle s Latter day
pamphlets during intervals of his absence, on  Hospital Steward  duties.
 Book talk, and in the evening the company of an acquaintance of
his, one Creecy from Missouri.     [words crossed out] A tall, keen look-
ing and long sided lad ^|man with| a history.  His father a wealthy planter, he
himself being intimate with a handsome girl, discovering reason to suspect
her virtue he broke off the affair; and after a month wooing his father
was wed to her.  So his sons quitted the parental roof, and the old man
moved further west.     /        Some book talk, a little whist playing, and 
more talk.  At about 11 or twelve we go to bed. Barth in his
own hard bunk, I on a straw-made one in adjoining room, where
I lay listening to wind howling without, and thinking fitfully.  Talking
a little, the door of communication being open.        Among other things
quoth Barth suddenly.
   I wonder whether Mary Bilton is married? 
   I wonder!  echoed I
   She was a handsome, pleasant girl.   I wish her name was
Mary Barth, and she was here beside me   
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty
Description:Describes a visit to William Barth on Governors Island.
Date:1851-03-08
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Creecey; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Mary Anne; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Clarkson 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.