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&c as he hath done to many houses heretofore, I trust some day to a home
of his own.   Stayed an hour or two. Mrs Anderson the canny auld Scots
woman  and her daughter coming up; I having seen both of them when we
abode in Jersey.              A walk adown Broadway, thoughtfully through the
throngs of miscalled pleasure seekers and pedestrian Raphians, then by 11 to
my quiet room.
  24  Thursday.  Drawing; then to the Era Office, where I saw Picton
and Basian  Dodge the singer and Jenny-Lind-Boston-ticket buyer; a
real Yankee.   Got paid for Picton s portrait.   To Andrew s where I saw him
and left the six Porcupinish initial illustrations; then to Genins, he out, 
then to Roberts with Era mahogany poster; then to Park place, talk with
the boys, then again to Roberts, saw him, then to Pacific Bank, then
returned to Canal and dinner. Afternoon reading, and an hour before sunset
to the Canal Street pier, there sitting on the summit of huge framing of
piles at the end, watching the day s death; the sun s broad disc going
down in glory on the opposite shore, and the tranquil water assumer more
sober hues.        There s something very thoughtful induced by gazing into water.
Methinks the notion of Jeb Trotter s brother, conveyed to Pickwick by that dismal
individual when leaning over Rochester bridge, hath great truth in t.  That a
death by drowning must be rest and quiet.        /     Evening scribbling till near
upon 11, then not feeling sleepy, having dozed during the afternoon, walked
forth, and passing down Broadway was laid hold of by Cross, who had this
day returned to the city.  Walked back with him, he waiting some five minutes
or so expecting the return of Homer Hall, [whom?] ever not appearing, Cross left.
  /    Met Mr Johns in the Park this morning.  To my thinking he didn t look
so Episcopalian and eminently respectable as usual,   he spake bitterly of a certain
Committee for a Competition-Building he had sat in plans for.
  25. Friday. Sitting with Homer and Cross, when Barth called.  Spake of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty-six
Description:Comments on watching a sunset.
Date:1851-04-23
Subject:Anderson, Mrs.; Andrews, Hardin; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Cross; Dodge; Genin; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Johns; Lind, Jenny; Nature; Picton, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Roberts
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; 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.