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pronounced him a sleepy old gentleman, and was inclined to depreciate him as
he had nt found out he was in no ordinary society, and roared as gentle as
it were a sucking dove or nightingale.        Shakespeare was admired  
how laughable this always is; when not one in a thousand of his admirers read
him.  We talked of Byron and More   Mrs K by the bye wanting to know
the difference between the author of  Utopia  and of  Lalla  Rookh .   No one had
read Shelley.  Mrs K  admired the character of Gulnare .     Alfred Brown,   the
elder of the Browns [words crossed out] 					talked 
[word crossed out] common-place [word crossed out] ^|like| the rest.   It was all very 
funny. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out].   							Now
[unclear words] all these peoplle really believed they were doing the intellectual (with
no capital to trade upon.)   [words crossed out]
[words crossed out].
  17. Saturday.  To the Post Office, and to Wall Street, where I saw Mr Anderson.
To the Hutchings-Dyspepsia-Picayune-quack s Office, where for a moment I met rascal
Hawkins.   Back to Robinson; drawing a little, and more reading of Bulwer s  Harold. 
Evening called at Duane for a brief space, then return, bed-mounting with a compound
I got from Laurie, for the benefit of bugs, which, veritably exist here in legions.  I
as Leigh Hunts clam says, could wish for the sign of the comb to scratch myself with.
Reading till far into the night.
  18. Sunday.  Through the rain to Chapins. A good sermon on the Prodigal
son, though not great; the soul of it being that we contemplated Deity with more of
[unclear word] than love, which moves all things. Mr Hart there. Returning, and the day
clearing, having completed  Harold , started to the Ferry, crossed to Brooklyn, found
a boatman, and was rowed across the tranquil water to Governors Island. Barth was
right glad to se me, and narrated how that his anticipatory wedlock thoughts had ended,
and for good reason.  Very busy was he, as a band-master lay above, sick into death.
Livers and Creesey called, both staying a little space.   At about midnight, just as I had
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and three
Description:Comments on a visit to Mrs. Kidder and their discussion about books.
Date:1851-05-15
Subject:Anderson; Barth, William; Books and reading; Brown, Alfred; Chapin, E.H.; Creecey; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hawkins; Hunt, Leigh; Hutchings, Dick; Irving, Washington; Laurie, Dr.; Religion; Sermons; Shakespeare, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Duane 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.