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engraver. Talk principally national.
  25. Sunday.  Sundries all the morning.   After dinner Dillon came, and together
we take steamboat at the South Ferry for Staten Island; the vessel thronged by holiday
New Yorkers.  Hot sunlight and sea breeze, bright water, rounding the old fort on 
Island, and three parts of an hour passing we have done the six miles and disembark.
Joined by Martin, who in company with other Holtein Boarders had journeyed here.
They quitting him, we three ramble off together; up green eminences from whence
we could see pleasant views of wood and water, through the trees and thickets, down
in hollows delicious in their verdure, where the dog-rose, the sumach, maple and
hickory grew; by little pools, and again out on dusty roads.  Thus till past 4
and then to the shore again, returning by the  opposition  boats, to whom is the credit
due of reducing the prices heretofore charged.     Back about six; and I remained in
during the rest of the evening.
  26. Monday.   Out with the pictures.  To Picayune Office, where I got paid
$2 sketch. To Dispatch and other newspaper offices, to Strongs, to Stringer &
Townsend s (Stringer has gone to the World s Fair;)  and in at Andrews. Return
at about 1.   In doors, all the rest of the day, writing, extensively, to my 
mother and  Knay-o-mee. 
  27. Tuesday.  Finishing letter writing, then to Butlers, from thence to
Post Office, with letters and newspapers, then to Atlas and other Nassau St
localities all the rest of the morning.     Afternoon, Strong having sent block
at work, drawing.  Evening to Canal Street, where I found a letter for Alf,
sate awhile with Homer and his wife, then returning through rain, called
in at Duane on Mr Hart, and from thence to Robinson.
  28.  Wednesday.  Drawing, reading, perspiring and splenetic all 
day.   Eugene Sue s  Mysteries of the People.     Evening, after calling
at one or two advertising boarding houses   (noyades in the chamber pot, and
impaling with compass-points won t exterminate the bugs here;)   to the old
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eight
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with Dillon Mapother.
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Butler, Warren; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Hall, Homer; Hart; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Martin; Nature; Publishers and publishing; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Stringer; Strong, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):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.