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past 9 to Mr Greatbatchs; there an hour, then to Brooklyn.
  6. Sunday.  Meanderings about in search off Fogg.  Having found the private residence
of his  boss , learnt his, and to it. Columbia St, long way south.  Saw him, he
hath become a citizen of the world by getting married.     Returning, walking down the
treed avenues met the boy Andersons, who subsequently met some girls they were 
neigh-
bour too.   /   Boys called again at about 5, so out with  em, and strolled on the
heights awhile.     Sate in the sitting room, in converse with boarders during the evening.
Decent sort of folks I think.   Mrs Paterson, stout, [words crossed out] Anglo West-
Indian,
Jamaica born; married daughter & husband ^|of her|; single daughter with that name 
rejoiced in
by the chaste mistress and wife of Jonathan Wild the great, Letitia, or  Tishy  as they
call her.   A widow, Nova Scotia born, with wedded daughter, husband on the way to 
Cali-
fornia, unwedded one also.  Men, White, my room-mate, straw hat maker, two
Irishmen, whom however Civilization hath long shorn of their apochryphal tails, one
doeth the comic, and it is customary to laugh at his sayings.   Others with no, as
yet, prominent characteristics.   Holmes doth the exclusive, and appears not much.
  7. Monday.  To the North River Side of New York, knife purchasing; to Canal
St & West Broadway, boots buying.   To Schnieder Moreys for reunified pants, then
back to Brooklyn.   Writing. Mr Hart called, and dined with me.  Project talked
of which, I think, beareth promise of making $.   Saw him to the Ferry; then back
Drawing.   Evening, going to the Bathing House for a dip, met Roberts (who lives in
Brooklyn, and in together; he bibulous.   When our swim was over, to a tavern, where
we discuss  smashes  & doings in the engraving way. Traits & disclosures apropos
of Charley Brown during his apprenticeship. How Roberts put him in the  Tomb  as a
refractory prentice, how Charley did the penitent on quitting it.     Also of Butler
(whom Roberts is [word crossed out] down upon )  inasmuch as he woed his sister 
surreptishously,
nor asked Roberts  consent till the last moment.     Invited by Roberts to a cruise he
comtemplates in sailing boat, on Thursday.   Met Butlers Brother, Oysters & Ale
together, then parted.     Folks dancing first set when I got back.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Comments briefly on his fellow boarders in the Washington Street boarding house.
Date:1851-07-05
Subject:Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Baths; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Clothing and dress; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Fogg; Food; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Irish; Morey; Paterson, Letitia; Paterson, Mrs.; Roberts; White
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Columbia Street; West Broadway
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.