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everything by numbers.  From my soul I detest his memory, & am right glad to
think he was fairly licked at Waterloo by the old Duke. Tory though he be I do
honor Wellington. [words crossed out]
  28. Saturday. To the rock & copse fronting the Castle, sketching fore-
ground for picture, spite of the intense annoyance by insects.  Goethe s right
I m sure in making Mephistopheles lord of  em.  And old Giulio Cordaro, who
wrote a book to prove that insects were nt inhabitants of Paradise, but created after-
wards to our annoyance, hath reason on his side in the former matter, though
he manifests a strange idea of Deity by the latter assertion.     Drawing in the
afternoon.  Evening bathe, as wont.
  29. Sunday.  To the bathing spot & the Castle, in unsuccessful search for
lost knife and crayon holder.   Drawing on despite intense heat & exasperating 
flies in the afternoon. Bathe at sunset.
  30. Monday.   Drawing all the morning & part of the afternoon, when I
completed the Fonthill Castle sketch on wood.   Made an essay at afternoon bathing,
tide too far out.  Sate on bar.   An number of  teamsters  brawling.   Supped.
(I remember not the name of the quaint old worthy quoted by Izaak Walton,
who said that  doubtless God might have made a better fruit than the straw-
berry, but he never did.  )     Bathe, and later on the cliffs afterwards.
Wrote an article, for accompanying the  Machine  picture for Strong.
  1. Tuesday. Paid up & embarked aboard the little Arrow, and to New York.
Called at Robinson Street, & Chamber Street.  Thence to Holt s, where I saw him,
with others proceeding up stairs to the slaughter of small dog, presumed to be rabid. 
that Mr Hart & Dillon were, as I had anticipated at Middletown, Jersey.     To
Genins; he out of town for a day or so. To Strongs.  Then by a signboard finding that
Butler had abandoned Fowler s Buildings, to corner of Maiden Lane & Water Street, 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-six
Description:Describes his last days at Fonthill Castle.
Subject:Butler, Warren; Dogs; Drawing; Fonthill Castle (Riverdale, N.Y.); Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; History; Holt; Mapother, Dillon; Napoleon I, Emperor of the French; Walton, Strong; Izaak; Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Riverdale, New York]; [Yonkers, New York]; Middletown, [New] Jersey
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street; Maiden Lane; Robinson Street; Water 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.