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Fred with his keen ^|ugly| and sometimes supernaturally sly-looking face, his acuteness,
when necessary, his business habits, his sharp appreciation of  the old man s  interests,
his drollery and Irish sarcasm   (inherited qualities:)   should succeed in the world,
he has the elements of it, no distrust of self, or taste for intellectual pleasure.   Pelham
with his outrageously Irish, humorous phiz and relish for fun and power of saying
and seing quaint conviviality is unmatchable too.  [words crossed out]
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[word crossed out].  They call each other sons of bitches, and damn to any amount, but 
that s
 only a way they have  and one can but laugh at it, so drolly is t given. And
the Father too, with his rollicking humor, his energy, his business tact,  his 
earnest desire to come forth triumphant in anything, and [words crossed out],
and queer ways of expressing ^|it| [words crossed out];   his volubility, overbearing and 
ly swamping an opponent in talk, his glorious brogue!   [words crossed out]
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 Evening at Picton s portrait,  Cross playing the accordion part of the time, Alf
drawing, and rather splenetic.                             Sent letter to M, by this days
Mad Steamer.         Wonder how Charley spends his evenings   how dead he is
to us, now.
  27. Thursday.  Office.     Returning at sunset got my hair cut at the
Spanish barbers, the first time for I know not how many months.
  28. Friday.  Office. Evening drawing Picton s portrait. A call from
Andrews.       Portrait finished, at Homer Hall s invite descended and performed
whist with him,  Cross and Bradley till 11.
  29. Saturday.  Office.   Evening, Mr Royal called, and stayed a brief
space.  Down town to the Era Office, with Editorial portrait.  Found Picton
deplorably foggy, having possibly imbibed over much, and asleep mid the
perpetration of a sentence on paper.  Left, and called at Liberty Street,
saw good tempered Mrs Richardson, and went to the adjacent tavern
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page sixty-nine
Description:Comments on the Andersons.
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Andrews, Hardin; Bilton, Mary; Bradley; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Drunkenness; Era.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Irish; Picton, Thomas; Richardson, Mrs.; Royal, Frank; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Liberty Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.