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Mr Hart hath split with Bevan, as the latter cashed up not regularly.
Down town with letter &c in the afternoon.  Evening as I had agreed with
Mason, to Mrs Kidders, albeit not too willing to quit Pendennis.   Albert Brown,
Pope and another, Lotty and her mother, Lotty however soon going out with a 
cavalier, and to Taylors   a confectioners & restaurant.  They do such things in
the country they say sans impropriety.     Talked with Pope of the drama   [words 
crossed out]
[words crossed out]   [words crossed out].     Presently he left for billiardizing, so I 
with Mrs K and Brown till Lotty came back .  She and Jane Gibson sang,
as did Mrs K, and so passed the time pleasantly till close on midnight.
Sweet old songs were some, and one full of reminiscences for me.   Did not
talk much with her this evening.   In my taking leave, she in queer elf-
like manner, put her white hand up to my beard. [words crossed out]
[word crossed out]   [words crossed out]               Walked up and
down awhile in Broadway with Albert Brown   [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]. [words crossed out].
And now as tis just one o clock I m about to turn to bed.
  3  Wednesday.  Mason made his appearance at 6 1/2, looking marvellously
like a juvenile Sikes, peculiarly so about throat and whiskers.   Off with him
through the quiet streets, the fresh morning air and tranquil sunlight welcoming
us to the days-birth.   Arrived at the North River side, we partake of coffee,
cakes and steak, in cellar saloon owned by a Celt, and then to the first of 
Robinson Street, where we ascertain that the Yonkers boat has just started.
So after a word of counsel we cross the Hoboken shore,  and journey by the
River side, north wards.  The breeze ruffling the water, checquering it near and
far with curling foam tips, as we merrily jog on-wards.   Passed the old
rocks, on to Weehawk, and yet onwards.   Roads with telegraph-poles,
white houses, dogs attendant, now and then pigs, and attendant fowls.
These latter, as we pass through a part yclept  English neighbourhood   
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Discusses a visit to Mrs. Kidder's residence and a trip to Hoboken with Mason.
Subject:Bevan; Brown, Albert; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Leisure; Mason; Pope; Songs; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Hoboken, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Robinson 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.