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expecting to find Hart and Dillon with her husband, but he was there alone.
Sate awhile with him, had a glass of ale, then, it being 11 he returned
home with the  domestic beer  and I wended my way back to Canal. Little
Cross bacchu plenus and irate and two strangers being inducted into his room
while a  cot bed  is placed for his accommodation in Bradley s, curseth some, and
finally clears out, getting Alf to assist him to convey his box to the passage
  30. Sunday.  Drawing the  Porcupine  title page all day, even until
the weary hour of 3 next morning, Andrews being in a hurry for t, and
I having promised it on the morrow.   Dillon Mapother called in the
afternoon,  Joe in the morning, and his father and Fred in the evening.
Unwell in body this day;   the remains of last weeks illness hanging
about me still.
  31.  Monday.  Up by 5, finished drawing, took it to Nassau
Street, saw Scorpionic Mearson, and Andrews, and got $6 for drawing.
To the Office, and there, coloring elevations all day;   met Butler in
Canal Street after dinner.          Evening the fire bell ringing, with Alf &
Cross sallied out, and walked adown Broadway to the Battery, from which
I am but now returned, and ere long mean to be in bed, as Alf now is.
  1. Tuesday. Office. In the afternoon Waud comes, decoyed
thither by a letter bearing my forged signature, a bit of fooling in honor
of the day by Master Fred, the which is retaliated by Alf surrep-
titiously purloining his cap, and bearing it away; necessitating mes-
sages, first by Mac, anon Pelham, for it. Fred anticipating the
return of his paternal from Dearmount, and the consequent discovery of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventy
Description:Mentions an April Fools' Day prank by Fred Anderson.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; April Fool's Day; Bradley; Butler, Warren; Cross; Drawing; Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Mearson; Practical jokes; Richardson; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Broadway; Nassau 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.