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Johnson the English Schnieder there, so we all got singing and imbibing till near
11, when I left, and through the solemn still moonlight treed streets, to my
present home, passing Policeman Dunciere, sitting solitary on a stone step by the way.
  /   What a contrast this, to yesterday night s society.  How I like this shifting
mobility of temperament, which I have, for contrast.   Yet perchance in yestereven s
company was there more seeming than in the present.  Marvellous little refinement,
my downright vulgarity was there in this, but good temper & good feeling; but not so
much desire of [unclear word] as higher up in the social scale.   Yet who in God s name 
be low if he could help it?
  27. Sunday. Scribbling and doing odd chores during the morning.   After dinner,
to New York, called at Duane Street and there chanced upon the  Rechabite  boarder
who dwelt there when I did. (He spake of his departure on a gold & jewel
finding journey to South America ere the week was out.)   To Fourth Street, Paton
not being within to Mulberry Street, there had tea, and anon out with Joe.
Called at Butler s,  Joe B   Bob  and others there. Stayed till 10, then
Joe & Butler walked to the Ferry with me.
  28. Monday. To the boarding house, Barclay Street where la belle Margaret
will reside.   Rooms quite unsuitable.     Holmes all day, at 6 leaving him
to divers boarding houses in Leonard.     This morn a furious row at the
breakfast table, ending in the Dunsiere s clearing out.  Grub department fearfully
bad;   shall clear out; boarder Fagan doth the like. They lie and slander
behind back, even as they blarney  fore face.  Dismal work, ferry crossing four
times per diem, and once, for such a dinner.
  29. Tuesday.  At Holmes.   Settled to go to Leonard Street, have ad-
jacent the one whereat Mrs K taketh provant.       Very weary, worried, mata-
grabolized and dismal at the confinement of office work; the day lost, brain
aching, sunlight making me long for country and leisure.   Out now, having
had no news from home, feel alone in the world.  /   I have been reading
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Mentions his determination to move to a new boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bob; Brown, Margaret; Butler, Joe; Butler, Warren; Dunsier; Dunsier, Mrs.; Food; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Johnson; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Paton
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
Coverage (Street):Barclay Street; Duane Street; Fourth Street; Leonard Street; Mulberry 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.