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of student riots, the Fronde, Louis le Grand, Mazarin, Richelieu;
down to modern Paris, with the good looking, curly haired, bear^|d|ed student, the
owner en blouse, the grisette a la Paul de Kock, the dashing [word crossed out] stylish
courtesan  lorette;    all these exquisitely drawn. How one relishes turning
over the leaves of such a book. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out].             This, and also Songes Drolatiques by Rabelais
with quaint, droll illustrations by Maitre Alcofribas himself; the which
(with a volume of the  Era ) I borrowed, intending copying)  and about 11
left, and had a wet walk home; Picton going a little way.     A pleasant 
evening, [words crossed out]    Much did it please me
to see him pay respect to his old grandmother, and hear her call him  Thomas. 
  17. Monday.   Letter writing, and drawing.   Rabelais  Songes Drolatique.
Evening Cross and Homer up for a brief space.  In the morning a note from
[word crossed out] Andrews, desiring to see me.
  18. Tuesday.  Lying on the bed all day, with head and limbs aching
having passed a miserably restless night.   Snow and hail out of doors. Alf
Waud at work on Mrs Dob s portrait beside me. Mr Hart called in the
morning.  Could nt do anything but growl all day. Sent a note to Andrews.
  19. Wednesdy.  Being all right or nearly so, walked down town. Met
Anderson, who taking my arm turned me back and conversed apropos of the
Washington competition for the space of a block or so. [words crossed out]
To the Post Office and dispatched letters.    [word crossed out] Scorpianic Mearson. To
a job-printing Office where I saw the  Colonel.    Got the sketch I
made eight months ago for title to the  Porcupine,  with instructions to put
it on the wood.  Cast your bread on the waters and after many days it
shall be returned unto you.    Left, met Dillon Mapother, and with
him to Butlers;   joined Mr Hart in Fulton, and together to 
the Exchange in Wall Street, where I left them, and returned to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-six
Description:Comments on books he borrowed from Thomas Picton.
Date:1851-03-16
Subject:Anderson; Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Butler, Warren; Cross; Dobson, Mrs.; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Mearson; Picton, Thomas; New York porcupine.; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Paris, France]; Washington, [District of Columbia]
Coverage (Street):Fulton Street; Wall 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.