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New York with Wing & Joe.	  Battery. The Park. Sherry-
cobbler and to Jersey.
  24. Monday.   Morning, afternoon,   drawing.   A letter from
Miss C E Beecher   the Hartford authoress, relative to the book of
hers.   Going to the Post Office in the Evening, found a letter there
from Heylyn, dated August the 23rd.   Wrote him an answer.
  25. Tuesday.   Drawing till Evening.   Joe off for Connecticut
in the afternoon.   Evening looked in at the Temperance Hall.  Subsequently
a walk up and about Pavonia with Ben Haun, his brother John, and divers
of the  Apollo association ,   all of  em singing nigger songs, and howling, alternately.
  26. Wednesday.  To New York, posted letter and drawing for Sartain, Phila.
Then a call or so in Nassau. Mr. Roberts at the American Tract Society. Got
a cheering and instructive account of the piety and evaporation of a small girl to illus-
trate for him.   Back to Jersey.    In the afternoon in came Heylyn (en bon
point and whiskerless.)   Thinks of architecturalizing.   Drawing with him, Wing
and Brinsley.  He left at 6.  With Wing over to Peale s Hotel, where he Heylyn was
stopping at, and all three to the  National. 	   The adelphi farce of  Slasher and
Crasher , another piece and a terrific melo-drame with a ghost and murder
in it, altogether smelling strong of the  Royal Vic and Miss Vincent.    During
the pieces went into the Saloon to drink.    B hoys , harlots and harlotry.
Left Heylyn at his place and walked home. Rainy night.
  27. Thursday. To New York. Roberts  for blocks. To Heylyn s and
with him first to a gun smiths, where we examined some of these great im-
provements in the art of homicide   revolvers , then to Putnams. Then to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page thirty-three
Description:Discusses meeting Edward Heylyn and seeing a play called ''Slasher and Crasher'' at the National Theater.
Date:1849-09-23
Subject:American Tract Society; Beecher, Catharine E.; Brinsley, Silenus; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Haun, John; Heylyn, Edward; Putnam; Roberts, Robert; Sartain; Theater; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Hartford, [Connecticut]; Connecticut; Phila[delphia, Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street; Peale's Hotel
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.