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	Scribbling and Reporting.
wearily continuing the day s labors in fancy.
  2.  Tuesday.  Office, paragraphing.      Sent
off by 12, to devote the rest of the day to a long
article, happily in my own attic; there hard
at it till 6  , when I had scratched off and
compiled some 7 foolscap pages.   The weather
changing, the afternoon was mild, sunny and de-
lightful.       I was glad to be in my room again,
albeit in harness.       Had to take copy down-town
in the evening, returning by 10.     A clammy night
with plenty of mud and some rain.      I m lonely
just now.
  3.  Wednesday.  To office and up-town
again, there to report an exhibition of Japanese
manufactures, to be disposed of at auction.
Writing it during the afternoon.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  Henry H. Leeds & Co., auctioneers, have on ex-
hibition at their sale-rooms, 594 and 596 Broadway,
a most interesting collection of the curious produc-
tions of Japan, forming the contents of an invoice
imported by Messrs. Wetmore, Cryder & Co., of this
city, the first really comprehensive assignment
which has reached New-York.  The goods will be
sold, without reserve, on the 8th and subsequent
days of October, the auction being continued until
the invoice is closed.  In view of their novelty and
curiosity, some description of them may not be un-
welcome to our readers.  In default of a catalogue,
which at this time of writing is not ready for de-
livery, we can at present only speak of them gener-
ally.  The task of particularization might be ex-
tended over several columns.
  The wares comprise almost every kind of manu-
factured Japanese article, the selections being made

[newspaper clipping: second column]
with great care and taste, by two gentlemen of ac-
knowledged ability.  The lacquered work the most
important comes from Miaco, the city boasting the
highest artistic skill in the empire, renowned for its
manufactures, and the articles were furnished by the
best dealers in it.  Many of the cabinets and boxes
are richly ornamented with heavy gold, and silver
work and plating, the latter being very thick and
rich.  In some, the hinges and fastenings are of pure
silver.   Constructed of, or inlaid with native woods
of rare beauty and finish, their various grains blend-
ing to produce one harmonious effect, of various de-
scriptions, shapes and sizes, inlaid and decorated
with enamel, gilding, mother-of-pearl, bronze and
lacquer work, japanned and polished up to the high-
est degree of oriental excellence, they are at once
magnificent and marvelous.  Japanese ingenuity
seems to have been exhausted in the production of
the elegant and fantastic in their design and ornament.
The polish of these wares is retained for years; it will
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page eighteen
Description:Mentions reporting on an upcoming auction of Japanese manufactures.
Subject:Auctions; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; New York world.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-26


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.