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his paying me the $10 for the block.  /             An idle day, writing in the evening.
It s now 11, rain plashing mournfully out of doors, and I ll to bed.   Alf
ought to write.
				         May.
  1. Thursday. To West Broadway Place, there to look at the house  taken  by Andrews,
then to the Post Office; down Park Place where I saw Mr Anderson, standing in front 
of the disordered office, all the things being in the course of removal to Wall Street.
Called on Richardsons, then to Holts, saw the old woman and intimated intention
of returning thither (for a week only, though didn t say that.)  Afternoon stowing away
books &c. Mr Hall and Homer with me.       Out with Homer in the evening.
To the New Haven House to find Cross, thence to Frenchs where Homer got in converse
with a tall, black-bearded, fine looking travelling agent;   Cross arriving out with
him leaving Homer.   To Courtlandt Street, then returned. Talk of a certain invention
for plating metal with gold &c, imbibing, to New Haven House, to Watermans &
return at 12.
  2. Friday. Disposing of my baggage, partly in Mr Halls room, partly in
our former atelier the loft during the whole of the morning. Davis the sailor gilder
called.   /   Having completed my preparations for departure, leaving the room all bare,
went into Mr Hall s room and sat with him and Homer.   Learnt that Cross
was some hundreds of dollars in his debt, and had acted otherwise unsatisfactorily,
wherefore I conclude my $10 is more than doubtful of recovery.  After dinner
my time up, descended to basement, cashed up, and closed the door of 177 Canal 
Street behind me, as a domicile.     Resolved on voyaging into Communipaw,
having been divers times checked by trivialities in the essay.     So with a queer
feeling of nondescript homelessness I crossed to Jersey City ( two days more will
bring the anniversary of my crossing there, for the first time, two years agone). Look
ing at the place whilome occupied by Ben Haun s liquor store,   it was closed.
Was met and greeted by the Jew-bootmaker, occupant of George and Joe s pork-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page ninety
Description:Describes stowing away his belongings upon his departure from the 177 Canal Street boarding house.
Date:1851-04-30
Subject:Anderson; Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Cross; Davis; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Haun, Ben; Holt, Mrs.; Moving; Richardson; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):177 Canal Street; Courtlandt Street; Park Place; Wall Street; West Broadway Place
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.