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aught above common-place.     I talked of the Spirit-world, of Creed, of
Geologic-wonders, of History, of the great Kingdoms, which like the sea-born
islands of the Mediterranean rise up out of the deep of Time, to be again sub-
merged,    of Our Race and destiny:  all Joe said was but giving me
back mine own remarks in clumsier phrase.     He saw it all, perhaps un-
derstood it;   but he said nothing,   imparted nothing. See-saw, up and
down   two and two make four.     No warm blood and enthusiasm about
anything.     He s a honest fellow enough. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]   [words crossed out].
  1.  Monday.  Hunting for money calls, Anderson s, Holmes &c Nassau
Street. Gor Pendennis leant me by Nagle, (his name is not as I had thought
Watts.)     Afternoon reading in sitting room.     Evening out with Hands, a
boarder, and to the Broadway Theatre, where this night a Mr and Mrs Mar-
chant (here boarding made their debut, having but recently arrived from England.
The lady sits beside me at dinner, of a good figure and face, and lady-like
in manner, possessing withal a pleasant smile.     They played well, in a 
Spanish intrigue drama, were well received, but the finer niceties of their
performance were in no case discriminated by the audience, as is generally the case,
with all audiences.     And Pope appeared on the stage   he is an actor, as
perchance I might have known earlier had I been attentive.   Ballet after-
wards, enthusiastically applauded, especially by boys.   This appeals but to the
Senses, therefore is easily understood by the many.   Subsequently a farce.
  2. Tuesday.  Mason came inviting me, as before to a Hudson-river vag-
abondize for three or four days continuance;   agreed to go.     A letter
from Dillon. Wrote a reply informing them of Mrs Richardsons death.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy
Description:Mentions a conversation with Joe and attending the theatre.
Subject:Anderson; Books and reading; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hands; Hart; Holmes, John B.; Mapother, Dillon; Marchant; Marchant, Mrs.; Mason; Nagle, James P. (Watt); Pope; Richardson, Mrs.; Science and civilization; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.