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wish him success. [words crossed out].
[words crossed out].        Finished by 6, the boys talking smut as usual, and
Mac Namara giving  em dry reproof.   Then to Canal, and as I (at this
moment)  expect a quiet evening in-doors.
  11 Tuesday.  Taking portraits of Genin s caps.  A requisition of my presence
arriving from him went down town to the store.     Sketch wanted for an adverti-
sing van.       Afternoon  Dillon Mapother called, being about to make a visit to
Mr  Gons .  (Dillon and Mr Hart about to take up their abode with the Richard-
sons.)    Drawing designs for advertising cart and head-gear the remainder of the
day.
  12. Wednesday. To Genins with sketches (,which pleased him).
Met the Mexican campaigner (Donovan I think, his name was) who prece-
ded me in the Editorship of the  Life  and drank with him.  To the
Post Office, to  Holden s Mag  Office where I saw Dy Kink ^|Duy Kinck| the new
proprietor, to the  Era  Office, then calling at Holts saw Dillon Ma-
pother and borrowed gun of him\        Holts mother, aged 70 lying in her
coffin in the hall.          Afternoon and evening in doors, drawing, and
showing paper for anticipatory sketching at Hoboken on the morrow
  13. Thursday.  Snow flakes forbade a ramble, but being un-
willing to altogether stay in doors, I with Alf wandered down along
the North River, towards the Battery. Divers docks did we visit and
much did we see, locomotives, engine makers, market boats laden with
fruit and fish.  Newly-arrived Albany Steamboats and the like.  But
that we had not change enough for Jersy-ferryage we should have crossed
and visited Communipaw.          Return, and drawing headgear
till evening,  Alf rather unwell.       Out after supper to Chatham
Street, apropos of getting the gun needed, then a discursive ramble
back.        Glass of rum and water and talk about Charley.  He
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-two
Description:Mentions an attempt to go to Hoboken which was foiled by snowfall.
Date:1851-03-10
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Boardinghouses; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Donovan (editor); Duyckinck; Era.; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holt; Holt, Mrs. (Mother); Leisure; Life in New-York.; Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Publishers and publishing; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Canal; Chatham 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.