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Canal.  In the earlier part of the morning left, at Castle Garden the letter for
Barth, directed to  Mr William Bharf, Horse-spittle Stoohard  &c.    Drawing on
Picton s portrait during the afternoon;   the former one won t do,   he swears it s a libel.
Little Mrs Dob marvellously irate at a letter from Charley. He hath not kept his
word about payment. [words crossed out]
  20. Thursday. Drawing Picton s portrait, enlarged, all day.  Barth called in
the afternoon.     Evening, Writing a letter to Mary.
  21. Friday.  Called at Park place and at Nassau Street during the early
morning.  Afternoon Dillon Mapother and young Anderson call, and in the evening
Joe.  Drawing, Picton and Rabaelaesian sketches.
  22. Saturday.  Woke after a wretched intermittent-uneasy-dozing night-during
which I had a strange fragment of a dream.  That I was reading Georges Sand s 
 Consuelo, 
and found this passage in it.   Have you not heard  said Consuelo  how when
a London brothel is burned to the ground, a strange thing occurs?   What?  asks
some one.   When the fire is at its heighth, one resistless, lurid, raging mass:   for
a brief space, are heard all the cries appropriate to the various crimes which have 
occurred
in that house,   the scream of the violated wife, the mammal shriek of the betrayed 
virgin,
the yell of triumphant lust,   and a thousand other cries, all inconceivably horrible;  
so much so that all stand appalled.        Now I know there s nothing like this in
Consuelo;   the notions good though, and might be well worked up in a tale of the 
horrible
nature.   /                    A walk with Alf to the Canal Street River, and then to Clarkson
Street, where I called.     Then returned, limbs and head aching, and on getting back
vomited exceedingly.    Lay in bed all day, very sick, unable to do or eat anything.
Alf much the same, having face swelled by toothache.   Very long day, in passing, 
painful
dozing and watching the sunlight outside till nightfall.  Mrs Dob made us gruel. [word 
crossed out]
[words crossed out].  Great ringing of fire bells and noise of engines at night.
  23. Sunday.  Weak and aching, but in minor degree.  A walk to the scenes
of last night fires. Fulton, and Church. Then return, and reading.  In the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-seven
Description:Comments on a dream regarding a non-existent passage in George Sand's ''Consuelo.''
Date:1851-03-19
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Brothels; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; Drawing; Dreams; Fires; Food; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Church Street; Clarkson Street; Fulton Street; Nassau 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.