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Letter from Dillon Mapother.   Little Cross, the varlet! is staying at the
same hotel they board at.  Residence Troy, destination West.    Agent for the
sale of a cheese-press, and for two or three days worked it, with great exertion
to crush pieces of wood, on the stoop!  /                    Drawing and scribbling
during the evening. (Little dog Cross pretended not to recognize his once whist-partner)
  24. Wednesday.  Drawing Genin s caps all the morn, with alternate scribbling.
After dinner, (Master Willy Kidder calling by the bye, and for the second time
to turn over the contents of my portfolios ^|The boy hath a look in him to his sisters 
bright eyes.|;)   out, to  Traveller Office, to Genins
(with book and cap box;)  then to Frenchs.   There was told that  Gleason never
paid for sketches and never meant to.     The cur!   so he uses my drawing of
the Havana affair, and in part the article, [word crossed out] ^|ruining| it by 
compression,) and for
payment insults the Artist, with the charge of wishing to impose on him, [word crossed 
out]
[word crossed out]!  /  To Wall Street, melancholic, having marvellous little money just
now, called at Andersons   only the boys there.  Verily I feel now so fierce
an impatience and anger at this accursed poverty, this hand to mouth life, that
I could almost do a villany for money   accursed, thrice damned and trebly desiarable
Mammon   how I hate and loathe and love you!         /           To bookmaker Weber,
  got boots   the first time in life I ever entered debt s domain.  Shall not be for long.
  After supper, crossed to Brooklyn, called at Dunsiers   neither Fagan or
Dunsier in   sate awhile with Mrs D, then left.
  25. Thursday. Wrote vitriolically to Scoundrel Gleason.  Down town making
I recollect not what calls. Putting up things &c   Getting a card intimation from
Mason that Mrs Kidder desired my presence, I went there.  Told me that
Mrs Pennoyer the handsome Philadelphia born lady, hearing of my anticipated
Exodus had intimated that a boarder was needed at her domicile.  Sate talking
awhile with Mrs K, the sunlight streaming in methought sorrowfully on the
picture of Lotty, then left, and busied myself in removing things to Mulberry
Street, little Eddy helping me in the latter journeys.   Mr Greatbatch arriving, supped
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-seven
Description:Describes his anger at not receiving payment for a drawing done for Gleason.
Date:1851-09-23
Subject:Anderson; Anderson; Fred; Anderson, Pelham; Boardinghouses; Cross; Drawing; Dunsier; Dunsier, Mrs.; Fagan; French; Genin; Gleason; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Kidder, Will; Mapother, Dillon; Mason; Pennoyer, Mrs.; Weber; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Havana, [Cuba]
Coverage (Street):Mulberry Street; Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.