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Drawing illustrated initial letters on wood, for the  Porcupine  during the
Evening.   Atchien called, a farewell visit; as he and Haydon Hall
leave for China tomorrow.
  3. Thursday.  Office all day.    Evening drawing, save for an
half-hour in Mr Hall s room, having decended thereto to shake hands
with Haydon, and remaining in converse with the old gentleman. [word crossed out]
[words crossed out]     				What mischief and
ill-blood fools can create.  here these two snobs Surtees and Mason with
their insidious cant of nationality mar daily the good feeling that but for
them would exist at table.  Surtees is a ruffian with a trifle of dandy polish,
and a phiziognomy like a barber s  dummy , uses the w in place of the
r, (eshewing the latter wholly,)  laughs in a vulgar gasping style, uses oaths
and viler words to the little woman of aught displease him;   is a useless
cur, doing nothing, born to  consume the fruits of the earth.    I suppose
he has money.   Mason has quaint humor, great power of irritating small
souls, has been a debauchee, knows obscene songs, drinks, and comes home
at 2 or 3 in the morning,   a queer little dog, but a very little one
to worry so tolerant [word crossed out] and country loving a man as Hall Senior.
[words crossed out]  He has parted with his first born for [word crossed out],
  three years.   Bradley goes too, having parted with wife and family. Haydon s
newly wed wife goes with him.
  4. Friday.  Office.  Evening. Mr Hart and Dillon calling induced
Alf and self to wander forth, down town, to Liberty Street and the tavern
whereat Richardson calleth o nights.  Sate reading  Punch  &c till 10,
then back  tew hum.           This day, at noon got letters from England,
one from my dear Mother, and one from Boutcher.
  5. Saturday.  Office, finishing my work there for this present.
Evening, after an unsuccessfull call at Andrews  returned, and dropping
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventy-two
Description:Comments on two fellow boarders, Surtees and Mason.
Date:1851-04-02
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Atchien; Boardinghouses; Boutcher, William; Bradley; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Haydon; Hall, Mrs.; Hart; Mapother, Dillon; Mason; Richardson; Surtees; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; China
Coverage (Street):Liberty 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.