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Fred.     Evening, had resolved on an evening s close writing, but Fagan and
his acquaintance, the good humored german who played piano at Washington Street
are evening come.   Talk of the sell.  It seemeth he is belied, and that
no descant was made upon him.
  14. Thursday. To Wall Street.  Holmes narrateth the reading of my letter at 
Washington Street.  How this morning the heroic Keating made his appearance at
the breakfast table; how he Holmes sat opposite to him, and had hard matter to
refrain from laughter; how on his leaving the room the letter was read, (whether
publicly or handed from one to another I know not.)   How on Holmes descending
and passing by the parlor door dire was the din and awful the upraising of voices.
 He must be mad!   No! its his audaciousness!   Ruffianly!   I d have
him arrested Mr Keating!      Holmes was fain to decamp, lest he might he
called in, shown the letter, and roar! /     Gleason also brought a sounder
account, two hours subsequently, having called there.           Finished landscape
the third at 2.     Afternoon called at Duane Street & out with Mr Hart
and Dillon.   With the latter to the Post Office, and there, he, looking under
the list of July 5 found the advertised name of J B Gunn. Got the letter: it
was directed to the Post Office, and had lain there this time. From my mother
and Naomi.  All this wretched suspense over-now!     At Rabineaus, where
Mr Hart joined us.     Returning at 6 along the north River, a man ad-
dressing me by name, informs me that Whitelaw is in this country, and gives
me an address!!                   Joe called in the evening, sate an hour and bored
me. What a prolix and  two-and-two-make-four  asserting old man he ll be.
  13th. Friday. To 47 Cliff Street at the Spottiswoode firm.  There saw
the Mr Whitlaw   not the Whitelaw though. A friend of Maca[rest of name unclear] s, 
had 
visited Rodney Buildings with him, and had a parcel for me.  Told me
particulars of his visit.  To the  Leader Office, talking with Picton &
others there when Mr Hart & Dillon came for me.     Imbibed at [unclear word]
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Gives Holmes' account of Keating receiving Gunn's letter.
Date:1851-08-13
Subject:Boardinghouses; Fagan; Gleason; Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Keating; Leader.; Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Whitelaw, Matthew
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
Coverage (Street):47 Cliff Street; Duane 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.