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oxen at a distance.  Sometimes tall rocks on each side the road,
with a clear cold brooklet by the side.   Now tall trees, now great
pools of water, with huge shapeless tree roots rotting in them, or even
treetrunks.  Now a long bridge, water below, and only the beams
to walk upon, and not too much space in case of  a train of cars arriving.
Now and then a crashing locomotive snorted by, all writhing brass and
steel, vapour and smoke.    Pass through Williams bridge, and on.
One lesser Morrisiana, then another, the greater, a pretty place,
thriving houses, tall trees around it, and workmen sitting dining on
logs by the road side.    Melrose, and a different one from Scott s.
So on till I neared Harlem at about half past 12, when mounting into
the cars was rattled through deep rock cuttings and across open country
to New York.   Back to Canal Street and dinner, and Alf Waud,
whom I found gilding frames for Mrs Dob.   In doors the rest of the
day, writing in the evening.
   Alf having called on Butler hath found how that Charley spake in paltry
manner of me to him, [words crossed out]. Bah,
there s enow of him.   Thou hast not a friend in the world Charley Brown,
and deservest to have none.  Thou hast a small head, the which I should have
borne in mind more constantly.
  15. Tuesday.  Raining with scarcely intermission all day.  Writing to my
Mother and to Boutcher.
  16. Wednesday.  Mr Hart came, the weather preventing the continuance 
of surveying at Pelhamville, and he having business in town.  Leaving him,
went down town, through the rain to the Post Office with letters, then to Wells
and Webb for mahogany block, then calls at Andrews and the Era Office,
then returned to Canal and Mr Hart.  After a glass, he left, intending
to return to Pelham that day.    Drawing the rest of it myself.  Homer
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty
Description:Describes his walk back to the train to return to New York.
Date:1851-04-14
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Boutcher, William; Butler, Warren; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dobson, Mrs.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Hart; Nature; Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Pelham, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal 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.