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having by the energetic action of the fist appertaining knocked
down printer John Rankin, who with nose bleeding crouches on
the floor. He, coming home partly drunk had thereto provoked
Ben, by the endeavour to hand him out o  bed.  Two rough
looking fellows are sitting up in bed looking on   as also am I, 
having, candle in hand, come from the adjoining room, where Wing
lies snoring.  The scene was rich   nor was I, with my
by beard and light, out of keeping.    Now Asmodeus   next
room if you please.   There sits Brinsley up in bed, gazing with
a look of maudlin drunken wonder, at the wide open window,
with the driving hurricane of rain and wind pouring in;  
meantime the blinds outside are slamming backward and forward. 
Below there lies the young wife, M.		What say you to
these diversities O lover of Tobits  wife   are they not equal to
those of sunny Madrid?
  7. Sunday.   Wrote a prodigiously long letter to M.  Still 
suicidal weather   no stirring out.
  8. Monday.  Drawing all day.  Ben practising the same in
the room with me.	Fred Greatbatch came for the paternal
shirt left by Joe.      Evening Hughey fiddling in our room   
Wing came in from a days fishing, ill and feverish.   John Haun
becomes and inmate of our room for the night only; and at this moment is sitting
on the end of my bed, undressing to couch with Wing.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page thirty-eight
Description:Describes an incident between Ben Haun and John Rankin in his boarding house at No. 79 York Street in Jersey City.
Date:1849-10-06
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Brinsley, Silenus; Drawing; Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Haun, John; Muir, Hugh; Rankin, John; Thunderstorms; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):[No. 79 York Street]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.