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voking. The best of t was, an actor speaking from the gallery as an enraged b hoy
irate at the interruption of the piece by the supposed husband of a debutante.  I
payed ma twenty-five cents, and if yer don t play on I tell yer I ll siss yer! 
Wet walk back to Robinson, lightning and thunder.
  14. Wednesday. Calls, at Genins, at Butlers, Hutchings, Wall Street where
I visited Anderson s new office,   top of a building, over a bank,)  at Fulton Street,
at  Era  Office, at Roberts, at Canal Street &c.       Met Brotherhead, one
of the men I have known at Bobbetts &c.  Heard that Edmonds is going to the
Worlds fair.    A job from Brother head, he calling after dinner. Afternoon
drawing on block.   Evening went to Cedar street to find Baudoin, but he had
left the Hotel de Nancy.   To Duane and out with Mr Hart and Dillon, the
former walking with a Jersey acquaintance, I with Dillon.   Together to the
Battery, where we pace up and down, watching the sheen of the moonlight on the water
and indulging in reflections, anticipatory and retrospectve .  Much do I see self 
condemnatory
at twenty five I ought not to be thus living on from week to week, seeing my way no 
clearer.
Others step on before me.  Little checks daunt me and palsy good resolve.  I know I ve
something in me, why do I not achieve a position?  Not for the dollar s sake, but
that which ever follows success.  I d like those at home to hear of me, to be proud of
me.  A little success or reward spurs me greatly, but on the other hand discomfiture
rebuffs and disenheartens me, instead of moving me to overcome it. Many with
(I think) less intellect than I have, thrive better   shame to me therefore. Time
should not be wasted for such men as Andrews. I know it can lead to nothing.
I should have some rent for what I can do with pen and pencil. I ought to make
me. But the insight I have had of the coarse selfish impulses of writers here, of
the fad vortex throwing up mire and dirt;   that I scarce care to thread such paths as
would be open to me.   And for others, I lack energy and impudence to find
them.  I can see where I m wrong far more easily than remedy it.   /        Glass
of ale, where we met Richardson; and parted at about 10.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and one
Description:Comments on his hopes for success.
Date:1851-05-13
Subject:Anderson; Baudoin; Brotherhead; Butler, Warren; Drawing; Edmonds; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hutchings, Dick; Mapother, Dillon; Richardson; Roberts; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Cedar Street; Duane Street; Fulton Street; Robinson Street; Wall 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.