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8. Tuesday.  Drenching rain and boisterous wind all day. Drawing
Genin s caps.  Alf opposite me, drawing picture frames for his boss.
Evening commenced a letter to my mother.
  9.  Wednesday.  A call on Roberts, leaving Picton s portrait with him
for engraving.  Then to Dykink, and to Genins, found the latter dining
in the liquor saloon below his store, and meekly enow, ( on a plate of
beef and potatoes and turnips  mixed .)   To the Post-Office, to the Battery
leaving newspapers and letters for Barth, and then, returning called at
Holts, learning that Dillon and Mr Hart were on the country.    Drawing
during the afternoon, and writing in the evening.
  10. Thursday. Strolled to the depot of the New Haven Railroad, and
learnt the time of the cars leaving for New Rochelle, thinking of going thither 
to morrow.  Returning drawing Genins caps, and a design for a poster for
the  Era.    Engaged on the latter all day.  Mr Johns calling in the
morning, and Joe in the evening.   By this days mail, Mason receives
a letter, announcing the death of an elder brother.   Joe reading
Boccace,  Alf the  Indicator. 
  11. Friday. Drawing at the  Era  poster till afternoon, then down
town with it. Marvellously approved of. To Wells and Webb s, to
Butlers, a call at Andrews, ( he out,)  then to Park Place seeing
the boys and Mac, then returned.   Alf has received a visit from
a messenger from Boston, closing with his terms of $15 per week.
So he anticipates going next week.
  12. Saturday. To the New Haven Railroad depot by 9, and there
paid my thirty cents for acceleration to New Rochelle, designing a visit, as
promised to Mr Hart and Dillon. A fine sunny breezy morning, pro-
mising a warm day.  Well-dressed folks in the cars, male and female,
a supercilious woman kissed by man parting with her, then resorting to paper
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventy-five
Description:Mentions that Alfred Waud accepted a job in Boston at the rate of $15 per week.
Date:1851-04-08
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Andrews, Hardin; Barth, William; Butler, Warren; Duyckinck; Food; Hart; Genin; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johns; Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Mason; Picton, Thomas; Railroad; Railroad travel; Roberts
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; New Rochelle, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.