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Hall returned from Genessee, with the news that his father and Cross would
follow.  Sate with us the remainder of the day.
  17. Thursday.  At work on the mahogany block and  Era s  poster all the
livelong day. Rain out o doors.  Alf gilding the frames for Mrs Dob s
picture, and Homer Hall mostly with us, reading Boccace .  Evening, he
and Mason in our room, also Davis the sailor turned Gilder, whom I
and Alf visited in Brooklyn.  He helping Alf till 11.
  18. Friday.  Mahogany block and poster, and rain all day.
  19. Saturday. The same every whit.      Alf unable to finish his work,
defers going  till Monday. 
  20. Sunday. Still rain and in-doors. A rhyming letter sent to Hall
Senior at Genessee, suggesting the transmission of a cider barrel.    Fred and Edward
called in the afternoon.  Evening sitting in the kitchen listening to snake stories
chiefly told by Homer Hall.  He is a hard headed independant fellow, has been
engineer on Lake Michigan boats, driven a locomotive on a railroad, a travelling
daguerrotypist, dealt in horses, farmed and what not.  Has been in every state
in the Union, save the new ones on the Pacific.
  21. Monday. Down town spite of wet, to Roberts, where I got the block
containing Picton s portrait, engraved.  Took it, and the big mahogany drawing for
poster to the  Era  Office, saw Tom Frank and left. To Wells and Webbs for
blocks, then returning to Canal along the North River. An atmosphere of mud 
damp and drizzle.  Drawing the rest of the afternoon for Alf.  He in a
devil of a hurry, yet to no purpose, as he could not get the multiplicity of things 
done in time. Evening sitting imbibing a moderate quencher in the parlor with
Homer Hall and Alf.
  22. Tuesday.  Down town, it being a glorious sunny, breezy day.
To the Era Office.  Picton not there, but learnt he was well content with the 
portrait.  Return up Broadway, dandies and pretty women out in force.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty-one
Description:Comments on his work and telling ''snake stories'' with Homer Hall.
Subject:Books and reading; Cross; Davis; Dobson, Mrs.; Drawing; Frank, Tom; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Hall, Mr.; Mason; Picton, Thomas; Railroad; Roberts; Travel; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Genesee [County, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.