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[words crossed out].  In came another visitor who sate talking with Miss Jane
Gibson, Mason talking to me, & I suppose not over cheerful.     I rose to go, Miss
detained me by some converse.  Chaffed her & Mason, whereat he said  you re coming
it rather strong. I think!    She accompanied her to the door, where I talked with
her some ten minutes apropos of Mason s supposed susceptibility, to her good tempered
amusement & laughter & I suppose to his especial annoyance.       He s after
no good with that buxom, good-humored girl.
  10. Sunday.   Breakfast over, crossed at the South Ferry to Brooklyn, and
then at the little dock just in time to see Foley with a cargo of Frenchmen put off for
the  Mogudor.      Had to wait an hour of more, then in obedience to the hoisted flag
came a boatman from the island, who transported me thither.  Found Barth &
Georgii guitar playing as is their custom of a morning.   Dinner, reading, converse
& dozing during the afternoon, and Creecey with us in the evening.  Bed
about 10 or so.
  11. Monday.  Over to New York in a boat, (bearing also an Irish damosel of
low degree.)     To Duane Street, and with Mr Hart to Millers the Lithographer.
Talk and calculations as to expense of Pictorial Broadway Directory.   It seemeth that
a like work has been tried & foiled; the remains of which we saw at Bunfords.
Very well get up too, which is disheartening.   Natheless we shall make essay. After
noon, and an hour in the morning at J B Holmes.          Rather unwell &
matagrabolized all day.     Evening, on getting to supper found a letter from
the redoubtable Keating intimating that he having heard that I had  maligned
the character of a lady,   deemed it prudent to intimate he should demand imme-
diate  satisfaction (!)        Wrote an [word crossed out] answer, giving him the Lie, 
	touching
him on his well-greased, indifferently-spelled & industriously-blotted missive, and
intimating, in case of lies attempting  satisfaction  I d do my physical & fistical best
to oblige Humanity by dispossessing so every way small an individual of part
of his vast share of impertinence.                       /                      While yester-morn
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fifty-two
Description:Comments on a visit to Mason and Jane Gibson at Mrs. Kidder's, and receiving a letter from Keating.
Date:1851-08-07
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Creecey; Foley; Georgii; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Keating; Mapother, Dillon; Mason; Miller; Paterson, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Duane 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.