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	     Brother Sam s Letter
ing a matter of  500, I suppose, and having
good credit at my wholesale house, where I
am happy to say I bear a very good character.
x   x   I have laid, I believe, the foundation of a
good business, which has doubled during two
years.   x   x   I had much labor and anxiety,
particularly at first; moving here in bitter wea-
ther, New Year s day, and Minnie being not at
all in a position to change houses.        He then
speaks of the baby s death.      I consider myself
particularly fortunate in coming here, starting
x   x   x   without help in the right quarter.   x   x   I
am the only chemist in the place, &c.       Then
he describes the place, school, scholars, talks
of Byron, of the view from the churchyard,
of the climate.   I go to London once a fortnight,
and usually pay them a visit at Rodney Buil-
dings.   x   x   I like country-life better than
London.      I have a little garden and keep bees,
have taken 100 lbs of honey, this summer, without
destroying the makers.       Our house is not a
nice or comfortable one, being large and divi-
ded into three separate tenements, so there is
always some one to overlook you.    The shop
is right opposite the head master s house.   x   x
House rent is dear.      He has an apprentice who
paid  100 premium and  if he wanted, could
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page eight
Description:Describes a letter received from his brother, Sam.
Subject:Business; Gunn, Minnie; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[Harrow, England]; London, [England]
Scan Date:2011-01-29


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.