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supping, talking with Mr Greatbatch, Joe, and the boys; then, Joe bearing
me company to the Fulton Ferry, I crossed to Brooklyn.   Met Roberts
on the Ferry-boat, he would that I should go home with him and have a cigar
So an hour there fumigating and talking with him, wife, and two girls,
cousin to Butler.   Roberts at work on a drawing of Alf Waud s sent on for
him to engrave for Gleason.   Roberts saith he thinketh that Gleason is losing
money by his pictorial.   /     To Dunsiers; awhile with Mrs D, then
Fagan came, and at about 10, turned in with him.  Very little sleep all
night, feeling abdominal dull, heavy, indigestible pains, barring repose.
  30. Tuesday.   Breakfast with them & Dunsier.  Crossed to New
York, to  Traveller  Office, corrected proofs, to Roberts & with him to one Lock,
in Beekman Street, who thinketh of getting up some Railroad Literature.
Thence to Greene St.  Mrs Pennoyer out.  So went to the old crib in Duane
Street, saw Mrs Holt, took a room, dined; out to Genins, to Holmes
(he away at Flushing,) back; supped, and thence, after a talk with
Martin out with him, and leaving him at West Broadway, went to Mul-
berry Street.  There an hour with them, then back,  Joe accompanying
me, and helping me to carry small baggage   good natured of him.   Gave
him three letters to copy, enlisting him in the great Gleason hoax.  By this
time the wretched Gleason hath the letters of Jerome de St Cyr & Voorhees, if
not others.         Bed about midnight.           At Holt s again.  Oh
[unclear word] have mercy!   Wish I could spend a week at Chacombe now,
it would be like getting born over again .  Very sick, very weary, very
matagrabolized, and $10 in pocket.   Never mind;   shall kick
through it.   Wonder whether I ever shall have money?
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Mentions taking a room at Mrs. Holt's boarding house on Duane Street.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Dunsier; Dunsier, Mrs.; Fagan; Genin; Gleason; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Holt, Mrs.; Locke; Martin; Moving; Pennoyer, Mrs.; Roberts; Roberts, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Chacombe, [England]
Coverage (Street):Beekman Street; Duane Street; Greene Street; Mulberry Street; West Broadway
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.