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into Mr Hall s room was inveigled into whist, with Homer, his father
and Cross.     At conclusion of the games  adjourned to Watermans   and the
demolition of bivalves, and then return and all to bed.
  6  Sunday.  Sitting for my portrait in our atelier-loft all the morning,
the rain preventing our Hobokenizing as intended .  Homer Hall up once or
twice. He, his father and Cross leave the city this day, the two for Genessee,
the one for Buffalo.  Wish the latter would cash up the owing $10.  /   After
dinner the two boy Andersons called with their dog, a sturdy, strong loined,
sandy haired mongrel, [word crossed out].  Joe called .  Sitting continued
till 4, when sallying out with the Andersons, we coasted the North
River to the Battery.  A pleasant April day, the sun shining while
rain drops fell into the bright water , and a faint,  beautifully tinted
rainbow spanning the sky.   Arrived at the end of New York, the
trees all in bright, light green, the water a flood of glory, the
sky large heavy rifts of white cloud,  beautiful exceedingly, here and
there a heavenly intense blue, making the looker on s heart yearn
for words to be thankful for the priviledge of gazing at it.    Sug-
gested to Alf an impromptu visit to Barth, and he agreeing, we
parted with the boys at the Ferry, crossed to Brooklyn, found my
friend the Paddylander boatman, and were soon floating on the
fresh bright water, Alf and boatman pulling, I sitting in the
stern, looking out at the distant sea of gold, the purple water,
the evening sun and in a dream of thoughtful delight pondering on many
things great and small.  Landing, strolled along the margent to the
Hospital, there found Barth and good welcome.  Supped with him,
then read and talked of Boccacio &c, anon a stroll about the
island, we intending departure, but no boatmen being at hand we
return to abide the night with him.   Moderate imbibition and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventy-three
Description:Mentions a visit to William Barth with Alfred Waud on Governors Island.
Date:1851-04-05
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Cross; Dogs; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Leisure; Nature; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]; Genesee [County, New York]; Buffalo, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
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.