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back part of the way with me.               By Alf s letter, I learn Brown borrows
money of him.
  22. Thursday.  Drawing all day, a glorious summer one; till evening. Called
at Duane Street, and a walk on the Battery.     Getting back to Robinson Street about
11, while undressing, and after a thunder storm; streams of rain, wide, deep,
broad lightning glare, and thunder so deep and dread that once did I start up aghast
thinking a house near had fallen, struck by the levin bolt .  And midst all of this the
fire bells toll out, and the angry reflection, now paling, now waxing lurid through
the rain-draft proclaim a terrible fire, and near.  So did it prove   a factory in
Duane, on the east side of Broadway was destroyed.
  23. Friday.  Drawing  Castle Williams  on wood all day, all alone; as I sit
now in the evening.     Wrote a letter to Alf Waud, and one to Gleason, to accom
pany the block tomorrow.     Hope he ll have it.  I think it looks first-rate.
  24  Saturday.  Out, with the two oil paintings under my arm; first to
Duane Street, then to Roberts; then to  Era Office , pictures greatly glorified.
Picton suggests where to Raffle  em, and volunteers the detail.  Thence to Atlas Office,
more exhibiting. Southworth,  John Smith Junior  writeth a paragraph about them for
to morrows  Atlas.    To Picayune-Dyspepsia Office, where I saw Woodworth. To
Butlers;   a job to do.   To the Express Office, where I sent the block on to Boston.
To Post Office.  Butlers again.   After dinner, drew on wood; the job complete, with
it to Butlers.  Calls again,  Pic,  bookstore in Nassaw, Genins, old
Greeleys and Strongs. Got job of drawing larger picture on wood, for a forthcoming
New York Illustrated News; the which Strongs projecting, and calculates to lick the
Boston paper. Saw the title.     After supper to Canal Street.   Homer Hall
queer,  with head bandaged and physic taking; wife nursing him. To Picton s residence
leaving the big Era Volume whilome borrowed.  Then to 12th Street, as invited
by Brotherhead, whom I saw at Bobbett & Edmonds in the afternoon. There till
11, fumigating, moderately imbibing with him, and a young Englishman, an
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes his work and meetings with various publishers.
Subject:Brotherhead; Butler, Warren; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fires; Genin; Gleason; Greeley, Dr.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Hall, Homer; Picton, Thomas; Publishers and publishing; Roberts; Southworth; Strong, Thomas; Thunderstorms; Waud, Alfred; Woodworth
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):12th Street; Broadway; Canal Street; Duane Street; Nassau [Street]; Robinson 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.