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I said nothing, but lay thinking a long time.
  ^|10|. Monday.  A bell ringing at about six aroused us.  So after
lavation and dressing we had breakfast in an adjoining kitchen, with
three soldiers in blue jackets and pants.     Then, Barth having little
[word crossed out] various duties to perform I issued forth and strolled around the margin
of the little island.   A fresh breezy day, the snow lying thick and crisp
on the ground and the sun out.   Staten Island all snow crowned, the
sails of the vessels down the Narrows and a most picturesque view of New
York, the Battery with clustering masts of ships on right and left; busy
Brooklyn, and little Jersey.     Stood in front of the Fort Williams, on the
esplanade, with portholes and grinning painted common mouths behind,
gazing, re constructing the scene ere Hendrick Hudsons Half Moon fist[first]
voyaged hither, imagining the tall trees and underwood, and leafy verdure
clothing these banks then, the wild birds, the sunlight as gay then, the
great wild continent with its red inhabitants all unconscious of their destiny
and of the wise, wicked, great, restless, glorious race that was surely and
slowly to  improve them from the face of the earth.      And other and more
personal thoughts were mine.           Returned, after gazing at the common with
gaping blatant, dumb cruel mouths, and snow on their coverings; and ere
long crossed to Brooklyn with Barth, in a boat with a sail.  From thence
to New York and Canal Street, where he stayed an hour and then
departed with Rabelais and Tristram Shandy.    /        Alf Waud not
well.     /     In obedience to a requisition conveyed yesterday by the boy Ander-
son, after dinner I went to Park Place.  It was to put a drawing of
a church in color.  Engaged in it all the afternoon, Anderson conversing 
sometimes of Madeira, and the pleasures of existence in that island;
and sometimes of the anticipatory decision of the President respecting the Cap-
itol Plans.    He evidently doubts success. [words crossed out]  I
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-one
Description:Describes a visit to William Barth on Governors Island.
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; 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.