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15. Thursday. Brotherhead called for his block which I had finished, paid me a dollar,
but, to Era Office, after an unsuccessful call at Duane Street.    Saw Tom Frank &
Picton, who paid me $25 for the mahogany poster.        After dinner to the Pacific
Bank and got the check cashed; called at Del Vecchio s saw Davis; and
then to Roberts. Paid him his $15; got paid $5 for Rogerian drawing; then
walked to the post Office, thinking of sketching it to send on to Boston. Evening
with Mr Hart and Dillon, to Canal Street, and subsequently the Battery.
  16. Friday.  Making a sketch of the Post Office, and a few calls.   Afternoon
removing my necessaries from the room to one looking into Robinson Street.  Am to
have it to myself; just room enough for table  tween bed and window. Can have
ventilation though.   Evening to Duane Street, sat awhile with Mr Hart and 
Dillon; then left and to Canal Street.   A letter, and from George Bolton.
Homer Hall and wife having this day arrived went up stairs to them. He [unclear word]
she sitting, and saying but little, at the end of the room.   /   To Franklin Street,
where Mrs Kidder ushered me into a room in which were Albert Brown, Alfred,
the Albany one, and two strangers.  Sate conversing till 11; on books, nation
ality, democracy, vulgarisms and the like.   Mrs Kidder [word crossed out],
talks infinite nothings with a complacency and loquacity marvellous to behold.
Speaking of names, she averred that hers was distasteful to her, excepting that
it was given to Walter Scotts Jewess in Ivanhoe, and from that had a lofty
and noble signification.  Indeed  said she  I think I have a little of the character. 
Heaven help her little wits. Scotts noble heroine!    Well!  said I  Thackery
has, in later time done his best to counter act that impression. What think
you of Becky Sharpe?          She drew her-self up, and as if about to
edify all with a profound analysis of the two characters, commenced thus
as if saying down a startlingly original sentiment, in a manner I laugh
even now, in thinking of         The characters of Rebecca and Becky Sharpe
are essentially different!     She had seen Washington Irving, and
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and two
Description:Comments on a visit to Mrs. Kidder and their discussion about books.
Date:1851-05-15
Subject:Bolton, George; Books and reading; Brotherhead; Brown, Albert; Brown, Alfred; Davis; Del Vecchio; Frank, Tom; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Hall, Homer; Hart; Irving, Washington; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Roberts; Rogers
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Duane Street; Franklin Street; Robinson 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.