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all the time. Wednesday dismally rainy sans intermission.  Lady in adjoining
room in training for a cantatrice, practising singing during the morn and afternoon,
producing marvellous sounds from her vocal apparatus.   Got another letter, dismally
attemptive from the hapless Keating, and the last, for I write to him no more.   Finished
No1 of my Ghostly Series.  Adam of Mentz.
  22. Friday. Making fair copy of story all day, save a rush out down town
for paper, and a call on J B Holmes.  Great disquiuetude & vilification at Washington
street, (Keating staying at home all day to concoct letter.)      Evening going out, 
anticipating
the procession of  sympathizers  with Cuba were passing met Mrs Kidder, who told
me her new address, 368 Broadway.  Writing till late at night.
  23. Saturday. Sent off letter and story to Alf, per post;  meeting the English-
surveyor who had called in at Holmes , and having talk with him awhile.  Called on
Butler, then to Richardsons (he slightly riled about Mr Hart,) then to the  Leader 
Office.  Talk with Picton, got lot of  exchanges  to send home, then to dinner.  Letters
from Alf, from Washington Irving with autograph;   [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]  Making a drawing of the Cuba fellows shooting the 50 Ame-
ricans all the afternoon.  Evening an unsuccessful walk to the Battery, then to Canal
Street.  Little woman sayeth that Homer Hall oweth her money to small amount, &
that she thinketh the old gentleman may be dead. Now I hope not. [words crossed out].
To barbers for hour cutting, shampooing, then back.   Letter writing.
  24. Sunday. Finishing sketch of  the shooting the filibusteres.   Afternoon, reading,
idling, luxuriating.  Evening Joe called; out with him, leaving him at the door of
Mrs Kidders new abode.   And now here I sit, at 1/2 past 11, taking a cigar
 en nightgown, after another evening there.  Verily, without strong faith in truth and
worth in the world, this society would render one [words crossed out]
[word crossed out] to the core.  Lets put all down in detail, for the dear trash and
folly of it.  When I arrived Mrs K sate talking with Pope, Lotty at the
other corner of the room with  Bottom,  Stewart.  Ere long she, Mrs K spake
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Mentions a procession of sympathizers for an incident in Cuba in which 50 Americans were shot.
Date:1851-08-21
Subject:Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Dobson, Mrs.; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Homer; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Irving, Washington; Keating; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Picton, Thomas; Pope; Richardson; Stewart; Waud, Alfred; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Cuba
Coverage (Street):368 Broadway; Canal Street; Washington 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.