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  1. Monday.  Rain all day; at work for Sartain s Mag. Wing
Ben; Brinsley and all the fellow denizens here blue-devilled and
do nothing but smoke and read. Joe deferred migration till next 
morn.   At night a farewell whist-game, brandy punch and
vocalizing and smoke.   Gave Joe an extempore parody on  Jeannette
and Jeannot  en farewell.
  2. Tuesday. Joe gone. (Now is he off the scene. Faith this
same diarizing reads strangely dramatic. Some intimate, some
acquaintance, freind comes in, plays a brief part, then off into
Cimmerian non-existance   at least to me.  How they come and
go?   Barth, Bill Bilton, the office fellows, George   some names
never more shall I jot down again, others after a pause more or less 
enter again.   Here am I, of all late kin to me, alone in this little
treey dull Jersey,   Greatbatch, George, Joe   all off the stage.
Never talk of changes of half a century   half ten years shew
Spensers  Mutability  in all her power.
[words crossed out].
  {3. Wednesday.   Did not stir out of doors during all this time
  4. Thursday.   save a few minutes walk to the Schnieders.
  5. Friday.   Drawing on wood for Sartain. Mostly rainy.
  6. Saturday.}   suicidal weather out o doors. Wing nothing to 
do, Ben ditto, both of  em at dominoes all the live long day. Brins-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page thirty-five
Description:Mentions Joe's departure, and muses on how many people have come and gone in his life.
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Bill; Brinsley, Silenus; Bolton, George; Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Reuben; Sartain; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.