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I think he d not fancy me overwise for my long dream of love,   now past.
He d think kindly of me.  ([words crossed out]
[words crossed out]. 						/ ^|How| would
George feel.     I ve a sort of impatient tenderness for George. /  He once said a
thing which at once pleased and pained me to the heart.     It was in criticizing the
first Chapter of my perhaps-some-day-to-be-completed story [words crossed out]
[word crossed out], wherein, as far as may be I tried to pourtray the girl I loved.   Said
George, (unknowing he was commenting on aught but the book)  She don t love 
him,    and condemned the lover; took part with ^|her| [words crossed out] /   I think
George would understand me.     And so would Boutcher   (he never professed
much [unclear word] I think he d prove true metal on that very account.             As to all
the commonplace people spoken of, they d flay me alive if they could.   Scarce any
thing so vindictive as hurt vanity of little minds.  /     Now I think I ll put
out the light and try sleeping.  Rest therefore Oh! paper friend for this time.
  19. Saturday. Drawing during the forenoon, when I completed my picture. In
the afternoon, with Fagan to his store, and then to the little dock by Atlantic Street,
and crossed to Governers Island.   Barth and Georgii playing the guitar.  An hour
after sunset, the day which had been lowering and hot terminated in a terribly mag-
nificent storm of thunder, lightning and rain,  all Nature in uproar. Sucessive
blue, lurid levin-glare, momentarily, loud-reververating, rattling dashing rolling-
through
and-through heaven s antechambers thunder, and rain as though prelude to a deluge
even as though contending elements would have torn the stedfast earth from her axle, 
and
sent all to wrack.            Talked awhile, then read the storm scene in Lear.  Bed
about an hour after midnight.
  20. Sunday. Out witnessing the performance of band, then to the little Church 
of which I commenced a sketch.   Shower bath after dinner.   At sunset, with Barth,
at his suggestion to Castle Garden Concert. Dull at first, but entertaining anon. A
certain Krollman s first night s violin performance the event of the evening. Parted with
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and thirty-nine
Description:Comments on his habit of judging people in his diary.
Date:1851-07-18
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Boutcher, William; Church buildings; Concerts; Drawing; Fagan; Georgii; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Krollman; Thunderstorms; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic 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.