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[words crossed out].           Wet through, and in acute pain from my
knee all the afternoon; after supper Davis came, and at my request went
out and got me some embrocation.     After he had left, I got to bed, and
have till this moment been lying therein, writing up the foregoing three and a half
pages, uninterrupted, save by the good tempered fellows next dor, who brougt
on a glass of ale, and are now abed talking to one another, in growling so-
  6. Tuesday.  Davis came with the picture of the firemen framed.  Making a
drawing for Roberts during the morning. Mr Hart and Dillon called severally.
Send a note to Barth.     Called at Duane Street during the afternoon, and after
sitting awhile, went on to Canal.  The Halls not in.  Got a letter from Alf,
[words crossed out].    News of Brown;   that Lotty hath discarded
him, ( [words crossed out]! )   that he cares not;   says he ll go South
and wed an heiress;   he makes $12 a week, and (of course) spends it all,  
taking no thought of his debts;   is smelling after some dirty sensuality;   is disliked
and seen through by his fellow engravers, who use little delicacy in their manner to 
him; speaks  patronizingly  of me  as  poor Tom!   Bah!          /            Drawing
during the evening.  Joe called.
  7 Wednesday.  Drawing during the forenoon.  After dinner to Roberts, where
I got the mahogany engraving for the Era.     To Spruce Street.  Picton not in.
Met Atwood subsequently on Broadway.             Evening to Canal Street, in
Mr Hall s room, in company with the old gentleman.   Cross came.  Subsequently
I spake to him of the owing $10 for the engraving.     Shall not get it.   He
both in reply to Mr Hall and myself, partly promised, partly pooh-poohed and 
partly bullied the charges against him.
  8. Thursday.  To Roberts, saw Rogers, the man who wants the drawing I
have in hand, done.   To  Era  Office; to the Room engaged by Andrews in
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page ninety-seven
Description:Describes a letter from Alfred Waud about Charles Brown.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Atwood; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Cross; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Davis; Drawing; Firemen; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Roberts; Rogers; Waud, Alfred; Wounds and injuries
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Duane Street; Spruce 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.