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17. Monday.   Joe out all night again   and when he
arrived home said he had been  drunk as a pig , and had
found himself lying in the park, on coming to himself!   /
   To New York.   Calling at Robert s, and he being out, while talking
to his apprentice, in came an old gentleman,(apparently connected with
the Tract Society there,) and a lady.   The latter had come for intelligence
as to the Illustrating of a forthcoming book on Calisthenics   lady-written.
Being appealed to, in default of Mr. Roberts, I, after some talk, accom-
panied the lady to Harland s, the Engraver, where it was agreed that
I should make out a drawing for the prospectus, to be sent to the
authoress at Hartford.	    Afternoon and Evening drawing.
  18. Tuesday.  Went to New York, Fourth Street. A Mr. Gosling
who had called on me yesterday afternoon about a big circular announ-
cing the sale of Hacking. Told him Baker s charge for engraving and
mine for drawing.	Then to Fifth Street, Mrs. Washborn   the 
lady of yesterday.   	A pleasant, mild face she has, and gray hair.
Showed my drawings, and saw a finely painted portrait on ivory, done
by her. 	Afternoon & evening, drawing.
  19. Wednesday.   Went to 204 Broadway, as according to appointment
to meet Mr. Hart. Room full of booksellers, Mr. Hart selling his
own books by the 5, 10, or the 100. And at such prices! (Scott s
complete works, with Lockharts life &c 75 cents!)	    Remained till noon
then to Jersey. There again and after an hours waiting, Mr. Hart s 
labours terminated, and I had an interview with him. Left  Cholera
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page thirty-one
Description:Discusses meeting a lady named Mrs. Washburn at the shop of Mr. Roberts who had come to inquire about getting a book by a lady [Miss C. E. Beecher] illustrated.
Date:1849-09-17
Subject:Baker; Beecher, Catharine E.; Drawing; Engravers; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harland; Hart (publisher); Lockhart; Roberts, Robert; Washburn, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Hartford, [Connecticut]
Coverage (Street):204 Broadway; Fourth Street; Fifth Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.