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then Picton leaving us.  Mr Hart telleth how that it is probable I can have
some $15 per week  for drawings maps on stone.  At Duane Street. Ar-
ranged to go to Jersey City with him in the evening.  Afternoon reading the
batch of home letters.  Great number of folks up at our place in consequence
of the Exhibition.  Old Mr Bennett, (nearly 90) among the number.  Master
Jack Bridgmon in practice in London.   Wrote myself.   Evening with Mr
Hart & Dillon to Jersey City.  Saw the Mr Bevan, (name of good
men, as  tis that of Dicken s model American;) and arranged that when
needed I d make an essay.   Return to City, talk in Holt s doorstep
and back.
  16.  Saturday. To the Post Office & Strongs.  Sent letter for home. Met
Mr Alcock, in crossing the Park, he about to sail for England by this day s
 Pacific .  To Duane Street, and with Mr Hart & Dillon  crossed to
Hoboken, devouring peaches by the way under the hot sunlight.  Arrived
there, after some little perspiring perambulations we found the flying 
machine.    Inclosed by a square of palisading, it lay all alone, save
for two visitors who let us in.   A canvass contructed, sharp nosed, sharp 
sterned-aerial-boat, with a little steam engine within, wherewith to work
great screw like fans (which lay in an outbuilding,)   A balloon attached to it
was to be the sustaining power.  But the whole thing had the air of aban-
donment, rents appeared on the unpainted canvass, & general look of un-new
ness about it.  The projector, one Rapjohn, a watchmaker, had been com-
pelled by want of money to abandon the thing for a space.       I don t ask.
that when the thing is done, (as no question but it will be)  twill be found
marvellously simple in operation.       Left Mr Hart in the Elysian Fields,
and a long walk with Dillon ending in a bathe, in defiance of rocks lacera-
ting our feet.   Back to New York, all together.  Afternoon reading
& scribbling.  Evening to the Battery for linen   then a call at Frank-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Describes a visit to Hoboken with Mr. Hart and Dillon Mapother.
Date:1851-08-15
Subject:Alcock; Bennett; Bevan; Bridgmon, Jack; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holt; Leisure; Mapother, Dillon; Picton, Thomas; Rapjohn; Strong
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Duane Street; Franklin 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.