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Dined. Young Pelham Anderson called, and out with Alf and myself to
Chatham Street, with intent to have Alf s derogatory-type.  Lewis place full
of people awaiting his leisure, so we quitted, Pelham having before left us.
  To Del Vecchio s Alf s boss, and there waiting, desutory looking in at the
Art Union shop for an hour or so, at the conclusion of which time he got panel.
  Back to Canal, hurrying up his things and off to the boat. I carrying his
easel &c he a big box.     Arrived at Courtlandt, on board, see his traps
in the baggage crate and good bye to him.   I sate at the end of the pier
gazing at him, in his tall newly purchased  plug , till the tolling of bells ceased
and the great vessel moved out into the sparkling water and glorious sunset, and 
then sadder than I had thought walked thoughtfully back along the North River
margin.     A frank cheerily-hearted fellow is he, worth a hemisphere of Charley
Brown s.  There s truth in him.  And here I sit, all alone in the room 
we occupied together, not over well content at missing him;   he out on the
waters of the  Sound  with thoughts anticipatory of the Bay State and what he ll
do there.                            Returned, and the evening partly occupied in
writing a letter for the Irish girl here for her mother and family.  Simple, kindly
folk, are emigrates, toils till she can send money for the passage of another till
all are where they can live by labour.      /    Saw Albert Brown during the 
afternoon;   the first time since his sickness;   horribly disfigured is he with the
small pox, yet stout and apparently healthy.   /
  At the Art Union this Afternoon was a picture worth remembering. I saw
it for the second time, as I recall it as being at the Picture Exhibition I
visited with Morse, over a year ago.   Called by the painter a  Vision , it
was strangely horrific,   a Vision that we might have after reading Dante.
The foreshortened figure of a man swinging in the links of a huge chain,
the upper part of which was begnown by a great serpent.  Below and
around him, even to the distance were murky black waves, with here and
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty-two
Description:Gives his thoughts on Alfred Waud's departure for Boston.
Date:1851-04-22
Subject:Anderson, Pelham; Brown, Albert; Daguerreotype; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Del Vecchio; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Immigrants; Irish; Morse; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Chatham Street; Courtlandt 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.