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sarcastic, pride that apes humility breathing letter to him, intimating that as he has
so judged her book, and as it may be of use to her, in disposing of it pecuniarily (!) she
wants it back.   And delivering this letter herself, she sits in the Office till she had
the book sent down to her (!)       A richer manifestation of mortified vanity was never
concieved or executed   I do believe!
  16. Tuesday   Wrote to Alf Waud. To Holmes in the afternoon, where finding
a scrap of invitation from Wilkins, went first to Castle Garden & then to Brooklyn
and the street Wilkins stays at.  Supped with him & his wife at the boarding-house
table, then passed the evening with them at their own room, fumigating and tal-
king of schoolboy days and England, returning at about 11.
  17. Wednesday.   Drawing both fore and afternoon,   sketch of the noblest act
this hemisphere ever witnessed, Columbus landing.     Evening, to Mulberry Street,
and out with Joe, on an exploration to find Royal s abode, which after divers
botherations we did do, the approach being down an alley  twixt two houses, and their
being two of the same numbered houses.     Royal and his wife within. Sat drinking 
and water and conversing an hour or two, then quitted, and each to our several abodes.
  18. Thursday.  Barth came. Out with him, to Genins, where I find he has
got some two or three hundred specimens of antique head-gear realized, from my 
and displayed round the store.   Another job in question. /     To Holmes, where
we sat conversing with J B H, he narrating how a terrific shandy occurred last night
at the Patersonian establishment.     That the fellows there having a custom of singing
nigger-songs at unseasonable hours, he put his head out of window, remonstrated an-
grily, descending in the expectation of lamming one peculiarly obnoxious snob yclept
Sawyer, (recently become an inmate;)  who made off.     Brooks trying a little bullying
Holmes went at him, and Brooks cut and yelled for the Watch.  Holmes got to
the Watchman first and gave Brooks in charge, so he was hauled to the City Hall
but subsequently at Holmes  desire liberated.   Meantime all the women were up,
Mrs Brooks weeping and cursing, and Holmes was generally denounced, whereupon he
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-one
Description:Mentions an incident at Mrs. Paterson's boarding house, as told by J. B. Holmes.
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Brooks; Brooks, Mrs.; Drawing; Genin; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Paterson, Mrs.; Police; Royal, Frank; Royal, Mrs.; Sawyer; Songs; Waud, Alfred; Wilkins; Wilkins, Mrs.; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Mulberry 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.