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He was a friend of Hooks & figures in Gilbert Gurney as  Dale.   Hook
wrote his anticipatory epitaph thus  Here lies Sam Beazley
					Who lived hard and died easily. 
He was polite to every body. He made a sort of Jorkins of his sister, an old maid
& cripple, of whom we d be informed  Miss Beazley didn t like poster pots being
seen in the Office.  &c.       He, let him return home from whatever place, or whatever
how would read through a Chapter of the Bible.
  9.  Wednesday.   Finished drawing & to Strongs with it. Paid $6 for it.  To Canal
Street for stone bottle & to Cedar St for whiskey for the morrow.     Afternoon to New 
again, Strongs for fresh block, Genins, then Across the Atlantic Street ferry, waited at
water side with intent to go to the Island, but no boat to be had.     Evening to the
dwelling of Roberts; the companions for cruising being there.  Left & to New York,
to Holt s for old coat &c, when returning a grand storm of thunder & lightning,
blue glare all around you & the wet streets torrent like.
  10. Thursday. To Roberts  by 8.   Conveying things to the boat with the other fel-
lows, sturdy & good tempered; two of Butler s brothers, the one in Genin s employ
& another; & engravers ^|also|, (or  woodpeckers s as Roberts called  em.)  He himself 
shaved off his black beard and was scarcely recognizable.     At the basin by the Bath-
house, there getting things aboard, into boat hired for the purpose, which was to be
towed by our sailing one. I crossed to New York to fill barrel with the Crotan.
Great to do & at bout noon all, seven in number, aboard, sail up, and
off we go,  Joe  Butler in the boat holding provant.   A brisk breeze, and we
scudded before it in great style,  now a wet shirt from a wave washing over us,
now flute-playing by Engraver ^|(Fay)| with red moustache and hat like a crushed
bell; now singing  Life on the Ocean Wave  or nigger choruses in exhilarating
style, Roberts taking the lead. Thus right across to Staten Island, where
we anchored and some three or four went ashore, where they stayed over
an hour & more, we regaling an hour, bread & whiskey & water, in frater
nal style, & merrily, all sunlight & sparkling water about us. Anon
they return with another  woodpecker  yclept Swinton, good looking fellow; up
sail, and coasting the shore. Weather changing, the sky became overcast,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes a sailing trip taken with Roberts and other men.
Subject:Beazley, Miss; Beazley, Samuel; Butler, Joe; Butler, Warren; Drawing; Engravers; Fay; Food; Genin; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hook, Thomas Edward; Leisure; Roberts; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Strong, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic Street; Canal Street; Cedar 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.