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Bulwer s Caxton s.  One thing it shall teach me.  No more unmanly
regrets [word crossed out]   that passion has occupied too much of my life, and has
rendered my mind morbid.     Out with t   and be weary of again befooling thyself
with another.
  30.  Wednesday.  At Holmes morning and afternoon.   Called at Andersons. Evening
told Mrs Spatterson of my approaching Exodus, whereat she said   Very well!   To the 
At-
lantic Street Dock where I got a note from Bharf, in reply to one I transmitted with
fowl shyrtes in the morn.   Met Macnamara, and talk of Anderson, (of his debts &
doings.    Met Dunsiere & Fagan, the latter of whom left yesterday & now abideth with 
the
Dunsiere s.   Talk awhile of an embryo sell for Keating, then parted.
  31. Thursday. Stuffing carpet bag & loading myself, then a weary walk to New
York Leonard Street, the traps being fearfully heavy.   Stowed them away in temporary
room nigh to the aether, then to Wall Street.     Back for dinner,   a cheering con-
trast to the last weeks dinners. Large, long, high room, some fifteen boarders. 
Holmes s
again, finished big landscape, another to do on the morrow.     Evening after supper,
(good again,) to Canal Street for things.  Some time there; back, putting things in
order &c, and now here sit I, again on the Island of Manna-hatta, and tol-
erably well content at the result of my change.     I never witnessed such dodgery done
in the way of provant transmogryfying as at that same 222 Washington Street Brooklyn.
Then didn t do such at Jersey, even.  /     Started the Hoax for Keating to-day, thus
Holmes is to give friendly warning to Mrs Paterson on behalf of Keating   namely that 
Dunsiere
hath attributed his being told to quit to Keatings suggestion, influenced by  Tish 
(whom he sentimentalizeth with,)  and therefore Dunsiere hath sworn to  massacre  him
some night with his policemans bludgeon. (Fagan hath intimated it ^|already| & Keating 
wan-
ted to know  what he d do in such a case. )     Get him to buy a revolver, or
apply to a magistrate or something infernally foolish.     Dunsiere roars at the notion,
and agrees to do the mysterious business if he chances on him at night.  (Wrote
to Alf.				               /
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Comments on leaving the Brooklyn boarding house.
Date:1851-07-29
Subject:Anderson; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Dunsier; Fagan; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Keating; Mac Namara; Paterson, Letitia; Paterson, Mrs.; Police; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic Street; Canal Street; Leonard 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.