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Battery.   Sultry, close atmosphere, a lazy swell scarcely stirring the oil-
like water, and ever and anon summer lightning, shaped like a spiral
fingered genii-hand appearing from the moonless sky.   Music from the
walls of Castle Garden awhile.         Sate, thinking of past hopes, of Life,
of Death and Immortality, gazing at the tranquil water. /  It would seem
at first glance harshly ordered that that first delicious boy-dream encountered
by most in early life,   ah how full of high hopes, and purity and deep
heartfelt religion is it   should never end in tangible happiness. Shaks
pere s axiom
			 For aught that I could ever read
			Could ever learn by tale or history
			The course of true love never did run smooth    
is a true one, and Scott gives the right reason, in Peveril.   Yet never
theless it is so ruled, wisely.   For, as from Death and Suffering and Sorrow
sprung up infinite Sympathies, Heroisms, Kindnesses, what influence then
has not a past love on the heart.   Not Past Though   present ever.
Yet is it a sad thought   to pass alone through life. [words crossed out]
[word crossed out]. Will it be my lot?     /                 Called in at the  Shades ,
a glass of ale with Mr Richardson, whom I found there, then to my room.
  29.  Thursday.  Out boarding-house seeking all the morning.  Called
at Canal, saw Mrs Homer; called at Duane, saw Dillon.  Calling at
Genins got a ticket for Jenny Lind s concert this afternoon. So, dinner
over set off to Castle Garden.   The place filled, though not uncomfortably
so.   The audience presented a muffled appearance, the light and gay head-dresses
of the women contrasting with the dark costume of the men.  A noisy overture,
, and then Sacred Concert, Jenny Lind commencing with  I know that my
Redeemer liveth.      She has a wondrously sweet, pure, flexible voice, yet in power
not as I had, perchance unwisely, imagined.    Loath to say, Hunting has
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and nine
Description:Gives his thoughts on life and love.
Date:1851-05-28
Subject:Boardinghouses; Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.); Concerts; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Lind, Jenny; Mapother, Dillon; Richardson
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Duane 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.