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testified of the coming in the sweet of the year.    Sketching, seated on the huge
cromlech-like stone, a warm suns rays on the rear, trees and sky and rustling
gentle breezes setting the tops of the grass trembling about me. And deep peace
in my heart.  Returned at sunset.   /                 The little woman hath
just signified unto me that she has let the room I now occupy to a 
married couple,  wherefore, as there s no present vacancy in other rooms I
must clear out. I think it is the ^|not| true reason.    Well.  I wonder
what the next place will be?
  27 Sunday.  Drawing pleasurably during the greater part of the morning. Homer
Hall with me.  A walk together ere dinner by the North River.    Afternoon
reading stories by Washington Irving in the Knickerbocker magazine. Evening Cross
called, and with him and Homer, out for a walk.   Cross leaving us, we strolled
down Broadway, up the length of the Bowery, and back to Canal.     The boy
Andersons called in the afternoon.
  28. Monday.  Commenced a story for Andrew s  Porcupine  as agreed  The B hoys
in London, or How Ike Chivvles went to the World s Fair.  Scribbling all the morning,
and after dinner induced by mine own liking and Homer Hall, to Hoboken, he
taking the gun with him.   To the old spot, where after the steep ascent he wan-
dered off intent on  sport,  I to my true pleasure.       Drawing peacefully for
two hours or so when he returned with two [word crossed out] birds he had killed. 
Beautiful
birds are they, of a warm brown plumage speckled with white.  They lie on
the table before me now, each with a hideous blood-spatch upon his innocent breast;
[words crossed out].     I detest this indifference to ^|taking| the lives of the harm
less creatures, whether manifest in the cold-blooded angler or other votary
of miscalled sport.       And the triumph is very paltry   a poor bird,
with his free, happy intensity of liberty, which who has not envied many
a time;   you take all the world he knows so well to enjoy, perchance
aye   certainly better than you do, and for what.  A dull moment of grati-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page eighty-eight
Description:Comments on his dislike of hunting for sport.
Date:1851-04-26
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Andrews, Hardin; Birds; Boardinghouses; Cross; Dobson, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Hunting; Leisure; Nature; New York porcupine.; Spring; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [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.