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8  Monday.   Arose hot, clammy & splenetic, from the damp & windows all
open, which don t suit Governors Island.     A Mr Norman & a lady arrived as
visitors to Barth, having crossed the Atlantic, & bearing home presents for him. The
man was a be-Yankefied Englishman, having during twelve years sojourn here man-
aged to assimilate to himself all transatlantic depreciation of his own greater Country.
To New York, there leaving them & Barth, to Holmes.     Back to Ogres ses
at Leonard Street, (as handsome pleasant-faced Mrs Marchant has dubbed Mrs
Flowers, the presiding authority here   don t like the woman.)   Letter from
Alf, with M S returned.  Disenheartening, save that Gleason s everyway a vulgar
uneducated snob, mute of vessel whilome   what should he know of a tolerably well
written tale? Bah   So much for that business.  /       A Letter from home.
Folks at Ramsgate.  /     To Castle Garden & Wall Street again.       Evening
after staircase talk with Marchant & wife, to Broadway.   Sate talking
with Mrs Kidder for half an hour or, horribly oppressive sultry evening,  
when Miss Margaret Brown came, with an elderly cavalier.     Monopolized her
company, cavalier talking to Mrs K.       She paints portraits, in oil, is about
to have rooms in Broadway, asked why I hadn t called if I wanted to see
her.   Don t like her so well this time;   she s of the world, worldly. Presently
Lotty came in, and began to sing & play.   Miss Brown & cavalier departed.
Pope called & took Mrs K out for an ice at Taylors, leaving me tete a tete
with Lotty, as she would nt go too.     Heaven help her, the unmatchable
[words crossed out] little creature;   had I met her at the age of sixteen I d have
been in love with her, as  tis I should be the greatest ass having to dream of it.
She ll fall to the lot of some snob, unless Fate sends a fitting Orlando. And yet
I think no high minded self respecting mind could submit to the pretty slights she d
put on him. (Told me she did not like me at all at first, but she did,
better now.  I was excentric.   I d like to win her to think of me as
a friend, when I later in of an evening   it may-be she may some day
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Mentions a story of his that was rejected from publication and a conversation with Margaret Brown at Mrs. Kidder's residence.
Subject:Barth, William; Brown, Margaret; Flowers, Mrs.; Gleason; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marchant; Marchant, Mrs.; Mount; Norman; Publishers and publishing; Waud, Alfred; Women; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Leonard Street; Wall 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.