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evening intended visiting Chapin s, but rain-storm prevented, so sate in Mr
Hall s room, in company with him, Bradley, Cross, and old gentlemanfriend of Mr H s.
  24  Monday.  To the Office, and there drawing all day; the perspective of a 
pretty Early-English Church.  At 6, walked into Nassau Street, Colonel gone,
return through the rain.
  25. Tuesday.  Office.   On returning to Canal Street for dinner learnt that
a messenger from Spottiswoode  had called.  In the afternoon got younger Anderson
to call at Cliff street for it.      Called at Holts, saw Martin, Mr Hart &
Dillon.    In the Evening the two latter visited me, Dillon staying an hour.
Looking over parcel,  Punches   Banbury Guardians,  knit purse from Rosa, knit
flower-glass stands from Naomi, pens, envelopes &c from Charley.  (Also knit purse
for Barth, from his Sister.)       God bless  em all, [words crossed out]
[words crossed out].                      I have little right to think
gloomily, when there is such kind, constant home-thought of me.  Yet I do, and
now, (Alf away to Brooklyn,) have a deep, intense sad pleasure in being alone.
Now I dream ^|and| ponder,   how little the routine of each day interests me,
how little I speculate and hope now.   
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[words crossed out].               Finished letter for Mary.
  26. Wednesday.  At the Office all day.  Evening returned up
Broadway with young Pelham and Alf Waud, the latter of whom we
encountered meandering thereabouts;   the boy going with me for the loan
of books, and the purpose of meeting his brother, which he did, and de-
parted with both.  /     Original sons of an original sire are these boys.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-eight
Description:Describes the contents of a package received from his family.
Date:1851-03-23
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Andrews, Hardin; Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Books and reading; Bradley; Chapin, E.H.; Cross; Gunn, Charles; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Haydon; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Spottiswoode's (New York, N.Y.); Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Cliff 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.