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return to Yonkers.  Finished the drawings on wood.
  21. Saturday.  Settled up, and aboard the 7 1/2 boat, and to New York.
Arrived, to Robinson Street, letter from Alf, having lain there a week; then
to Strongs, to Andersons, to Holmes and to Chamber Street.  (The boy An-
dersons had been hunting about for me rarely during the week.)     Saw Mr Great-
batch & Joe; to Duane   Street , saw Fogarty; to Canal Street, (Homer & wife
at Genessee,) to Mulberry Street and dined with Mr Greatbatch & family.  Got
newspaper; then little Edward going out with me to Moreys the tailors, in Madison
Street.  Cruelly hot day.  Soda water & strawberries.     Alone to Perry St.
Learnt that but 7 chances would complete the number for the Raffle, which
would come off to night.   To Duane, saw Mr Hart & Dillon;  to Strongs
& Andersons, fearfully hurried & horridly perspiring. Got paid for Washington
Market sketch by Strong, and $5 from Anderson on account.  Then running to
the boat; just in time, aboard and up the Hudson in the golden summer
afternoon; a fresh breeze coding the reeking humanity with which the boat was
laden.  As though little Yonkers were my home, was I glad to see New York
recede, and look upon the trees and rock bordered shores.     Arrived;
supped; and a walk out, and as the sun sunk behind the tall rock-
Palisades on the opposite Jersey shore, did I dip in the Hudson.   Bathe
over, thoughtful walk back, noting noise of the frogs & gleam of the firefly,
and thus, to bed.
  22. Sunday.  Stroll, through and about the village. Houses of brick &
wood, some almost hidden by roses; pool of water, with dome and minature
cataract, church with a stumpy spire, stores & signboards.   Talk with
a half muddied individual with dirty skirt, who undertook to set forth the impro-
priety of wearing a beard.   /   Pusuing walk, along the rail,  & up the steep bank
In leafy dell, thicket all around, fern and tree-trunks at my feet, and
a little brooklet that welled over the black pebbles and disappeared under an
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-three
Description:Describes his return to New York and the journey back to Yonkers.
Date:1851-06-20
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Drawing; Fogarty; Food; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Alzina; Hall, Homer; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Mapother, Dillon; Morey; Nature; Strong, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Yonkers, [New York]; Genesee [County, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Chamber Street; Duane Street; Madison Street; Mulberry Street; Perry Street; Robinson 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.