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where lay one of his children; the open shop beyond & schnieders working.
  18. Friday. Drawing during the morning.  Afternoon to New York. To Wall
Street & Andersons, the boys there. To Post Office, to Robinson Street, to Canal,
to Perry Street, and then, 6 o clock approaching, back; taking ice-cream in
Chatham Street Saloon by the way.     On the Ferry-boat was met by Albert Brown,
and together we walked up Fulton Street.     His brother George s essay to start in
business here has proved a failure, he now seeking employ, as is Albert himself.
Fearfully is he marked by the small pox.  (How the devil does he live I wonder.
He dresses well, has no employ, & must eat, drink, & sleep.)       Evening
passed on the wooden terrace in rear of the house, prompting the fellows to
send for beer and setting  em singing nigger songs.  /                I shall not
stop long at this place. They do the [unclear word] in the grub department, re-cooking
unfortunate fishes twice over, to the production of unsavory smells, & generally 
speaking don t come up to the average in the provant way.   Other boarders pay
less too than I.       And for company, though they re sociable, there s nothing in
any of  em. Mrs P s [words crossed out] by [word crossed out] attentions and civilities at-
tempts to make up the table deficencies (which however she s quite conscious of, for
she spake of the  novelty  of the employ, when she s been in it for sure two years,
or nigh upon t.  /    The oldest daughter Mrs Brooks [words crossed out] has a resentful
half-injured style of speaking, (not uncommon with Yankee feminines, who all
must do the independent stay to the exclusion of good temper.)    Her husband seems
tolerably well informed, and talks interestingly of California. Miss  Tish  or  Tishy  as
they call her is quiet, [word crossed out] and fish-like.  Very icy indeed.  Rather 
rebutting in
her replies to those who do the talking.  Perhaps her reserve is sorrow for her
father, perhaps its an idea that she s not made enough of.  She comes out with
 fool  & the like to her sister sometimes.       The  defunct Paterson, requiescat in
pace two years back in spoken of now & then;   he must have been a very 
unexceptionable man, and a great snob.   Never swore in s life, never got impatient
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and thirty-seven
Description:Comments on fellow boarders in his boarding house.
Date:1851-07-17
Subject:Anderson; Anderson, Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Boardinghouses; Brooks; Brooks, Mrs.; Brown, Albert; Brown, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Morey; Paterson; Paterson, Letitia; Paterson, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Chatham Street; Fulton Street; Perry Street; Robinson Street; Wall Street
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.