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being an advertising  bug-destroyer,  the boy was chaffed thereon.  Sitting beside him
it occured to my boy brain to chronicle on slate the marvellous intimation
that  Tiffin Says His Mother s Got a Tail!  and pass it on to Barth, who
sate next.  He added to it the words  Gunn says , and   passed it on.
Next boy wrote the like using Barths name, and this it ran the whole course
of the school room, each boy appending fresh name.    Finally, whether the boy  Thomas
who sate last handed it to Guthrie (as I think  twas;) or whether he took it,
Guthrie read it aloud, nor could he, nor boys either help grinning as
he came to the conclusion.     I have some idea that the ill-used Tiffin left
the school in consequence.
  12.  Saturday.  At the Hand all the morning, making sketch of last
night s encampment, from one done yestermorn.     After dining with Barth,
to New York.  To Chamber Street.  No letters from Alf or home as should be.
To Webers, Canal Street boot maker; to Kentuck Hall, pictures not yet raffled.
To Del Vecchio s, saw Davis.  To Schnieder Moreys, & then returned
to Brooklyn.
  13. Sunday.  To the Church where preaches Henry Ward Beecher, a notable of the
day.  The Church, a large one was filled. Of the Sermon I can speak but little, as
truth to tell I was dozing during the earlier half, much against mine own will. But
the day was so sultry, and on each side of me sat a lady working fan most industriously
I could not avoid it.   The effort so to do became absolutely powerful; eyelids as if leaden
and I d find myself nod-nodding incessantly.   The latter part of Sermon I heard   a
shrewd world knowing one. An eloquent man, now using quaint or handy phrase
now lofty and imaginative.  He knows his power, & I think aims at effect.  People
on dismissal would think more of the man than what he spake of.   /     Evening after
expecting Barth s coming some time, in vain, strolled to Sand Street & called at 
Davis s.
Sate awhile looking over  Home s Everday Book,  till he & a fellow lodger returned 
a walk.   Talk of John & Jonathan. I think that half the Englishman who come hither
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and thirty-five
Description:Describes a school-boy prank from his past and attending a sermon of Henry Ward Beecher.
Subject:Barth, William; Beecher, Henry Ward; Davis; Del Vecchio; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Guthrie; Morey; Practical jokes; Religion; Sermons; Tiffin; Waud, Alfred; Weber
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Chamber Street; Sand 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.