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Americanized Irishman, who told me he kept a Posler house in
New York. Yet he was a tea-totaller and refused whiskey. Day
down on the Delaware, (a noble sheet of fresh-water). And 
a glorious sight to to see the sun rise
 Nor dim, nor red;   like God s own head, 
scattering the lazy mist that lay so thick on one of the river-
banks that it hid it from sight.		On the top most
part of the boat, lying down by the chimney for warmth and
dryness, and thus I came in sight of of Philadelphia. Verily
the quaker city is a fine one, spires, trees, island and all.
Landed, and to a Hotel and Restaurant 35 Jack Street. Breakfast
, a good wash, boot clean, and then drawings in hand set out on 
my rounds. Up Chestnut Street, the Broadway of Phila-
 11. Tuesday. }   delphia.   Calls on Publishers   Peterson.  Nothing
doing at all in my way.    Very brusque.   Cary and Hart. Saw
the latter. a gentleman.	Appointed to meet me in New
York, whither he should be on the 18, 19, and 20th of the month
at an Auction book sale; at 204 Broadway; when he would in
troduce me to all the publishers he knew, of Boston &c. and  in
case he should think of doing anything  with my  Cholera  sketches,
he could decide on it. /	To Lea and Blanchard s, next door.
Very polite. Then to Godeys, of the  Lady s Book  and present-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page twenty-six
Description:Describes the end of his journey to Philadelphia and his day meeting with publishers.
Date:1849-09-10
Subject:Cary and Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.); Godey; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart (publisher); Lea and Blanchard (Philadelphia, Pa.); Peterson; Publishers and publishing; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):35 Jack Street; Chestnut Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.