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Afternoon doing divers odd chores awhile, then out, and an unsuccessful call
at Roberts.    Subsequently talking with some of the firemen attendant on the
Chamber Street engine,  I, at their request fetched the picture.   But they
didn t  at all like being represented as such  hard-looking  customers, and
guessed that Philadelphy companies turned out more like that that New York ones.
Talk with the foreman about drawing the  machine.      Evening, at 8 went to
Wall Street, and there encountering Mr Holmes & Gleason walked with the
former to the Fulton ferry, crossed to Brooklyn, to this boarding house in Wash-
ington Street.   A spacious corner house, trees about; a flight of steps from
the little garden to the door.    Inside, a wide hall & staircase; drawing
room, well carpeted, paintings, a piano and music.   Saw the proprietress, a
stout, [words crossed out] looking dame.   Ascended, & concluded to come there on
Friday night; sat awhile with Holmes, then returned, straw hat buying
on the way.                      And this day is Mary s birth day.   I ought to pen the
name No More, now.
  11. Wednesday.  To Washington Market, and selecting a busy part, 
there stood sketching the butchers stalls & appurtenanees, to the infinite ad-
miration and respect of their proprieters.   Many were the boys inquiries, and
much there interest in seeing that transferred to paper which they were wont
to regard as so common place.     When s the paper comin out Sir?   In
about  a fortnight.  By [word crossed out]. I ll buy it then!   [words crossed out]
[word crossed out].   The rest of the forenoon & part of the afternoon making drawing 
from the
sketch.  Then, getting a note from Genin meanwhile, to Strong s for displaying
the sketch.     Got a block to draw it on, left Strong & Butler, & to Genins.
There arranged to go up to Fonthill Castle on the morrow, as Forrest had in-
timated he was going thither at 8 in the morning,  and would then accord
me entry.       Evening Dillon calling, with him and the two oil paintings
to Kentucky Hall, Perry Street,  leaving them there for raffling.     After an
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes finding a new boarding house in Brooklyn, recommended by J. B. Holmes.
Date:1851-06-10
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Drawing; Firemen; Fonthill Castle (Riverdale, N.Y.); Forrest, Edwin; Genin; Gleason; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Mapother, Dillon; Paterson, Mrs.; Roberts; Strong
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street; Perry 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.