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The Columbus, an old 74 gun ship, now used as a  recieveing  vessel, for aspirant
mariners, middies &c. (The young fellows in the boat were of the latter class.) Went
over to the three docks, Dunciere explaining everything, with any amount of sailor
execration as garnish to the subject, the guns, the ropes, the holy-storied decks, (the
men at dinner  tween decks, sitting beside the carmen would have made a good painting)
till it hung past noon we left & to dinner, or the meal thus amusingly denominated
at Washington St.      Afternoon to the little dock by Atlantic Street, (calling at another
boarding house by the way.)  A heavy storm of rain & lightning was threatening but
got rowed across to the Island in time to  scape it.  There with Barth all
the rest of the day, talk anatomical, and physiological, for the most part, till
far into the night.
  25. Friday.  Completing sketch of the Church of Saint Cornelius the Centurion.
Left; crossing after an hour or so following dinner, and to Brooklyn again.
Supped, and then to New York. Call at the boarding-house in Leonard Street I
applied to, directed by Mrs Kidder, some time back, then to Franklin Street.
At the third ring of the bell, came Miss Margaret Brown to the door, she having
been aroused from sleep by it. Mrs K & her daughter were not within, if indeed
as it proved they were at Leonard Street;) so there had I the undisturbed
company of the fair, stately Miss Brown, for an hour or so.  Improved the time
[word crossed out] Talk, at first, (and indeed an under current of it ran throughout our 
verse all the evening,)  incidentally complimental on my part & antagonistic on
hers.  Imprimis she claimed an aptitude for slumber, I glanced at the story of the
Sleeping Beauty, & [unclear word] wilful intent of parodying the part of the prince in
the fairy tale, by means of a tintillating-door-bell.  She reproved the  Beauty 
of the intimation, putting the remark to the score of [unclear world] gallantry, usual
towards women.  This gave me a [word crossed out] opportunity of discursive defence, 
out the difference  twat the coarse dozes of it allministered in common (like
Mrs Squeers brimstone & treade), and that which is involuntarily forced from us
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Regarding a conversation with Miss Brown at Mrs. Kidder's residence.
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Brown, Margaret; Dunsier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Thunderstorms; Women
Coverage (City/State):Brooklyn, [New York]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Washington 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.