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want me,   and then   [words crossed out], [words crossed out]  
Bah! what stuff this is? What the devil s it to do with me?  Keep
to your books, learn to know yourself, and be content with the part of 
looker on, not without Sympathy however.
  9.   Tuesday.   To J B Holmes, doing another Flushing &c. land-
scape.   A singular recontre with an old schoolfellow at Guthrie s. Wilkins.
Coming into the Office on business with Holmes, he hearing my name, at once
recognized me   I should never have known him .   He had used to stut-
ter horribly, this didn t appear.   Many an evening have I, full twelve
or more years back, spent at his fathers house, close by the Reservoir in
the Hampstead Road.   His mother I recollect as a good looking woman, and
very kind to us.  I was glad to hear of both parents being living. / He had
met Guthrie, recently, and thinks he had been travelling as agent   how
I d like to find him out.       Gave Wilkins my address   he  seemed pleased
at the meeting, he living in Brooklyn.           Called on Anderson and got $5.
/  A letter from Dillon Mapother at dinner time.   Holmes again.  Mac
Namara calling &c.     Indoors writing all the evening;   commenced letter
to Boutcher.
  10. Wednesday. Holmes  all day.  The heat of the weather intense.  Very
lonely,  ill and matagrabolized.   Writing in the evening.    Joe called,
which disposed me to think kindly of him.
  11. Thursday.  An hour at Holmes finished drawing.  Got paid $5
for preceding debt.   To Castle Garden for linen.  None there.  Been four
days in the same shirt and feel filthy, as if living in another mans perspirat-
ion.  Horribly sultry weather.     Another unsuccessful visit there in the afternoon
Writing during the evening till late, musquitos and fumigation. Met Donovan
in the morning.     Must send some M S to the  Albany Dutchman,  he says
they ll pay well, if articles suit.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and seventy-nine
Description:Mentions meeting a old schoolfellow of his named Wilkins.
Subject:Anderson; Boutcher, William; Clothing and dress; Donovan; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Guthrie; Holmes, John B.; Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Publishers and publishing; Wilkins; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
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.