From to December 30, 1851.
1 Wednesday. To the Traveller Office, and many Nassau
Street calls during the morning, which I recollect not now. Holmes
Andersons, Strongs &c. Afternoon, call at Chamber Street,
&c, to Castle Garden. Evening to Mrs Kidders. News of Lotty.
she being somewhat home-sick. / Had a smoke with Mason in his room,
subsequently out together, he walking to Duane Street with me.
2 Thursday. To Leonard Street, saw Hoopers, uncle and nephew,
sitting in the room of the former, conversing with him and wife. To Stewarts
with intent to sketch interior, but the magnifico-dry-goods merchant not being
within, didn t get authorized. To Beekman Street, to Strongs, talk
with him, (met Townsend there,) to Holmes. Learnt how that Brooks
had been assaulted at his store; (don t like the bravo system of licking a man
by deputy.) To Castle Garden, with note. Met Livers. Drawing in
the afternoon and particularly dismal and matagrabolized. A letter from
Mr Hart, about to start for Cazonovia, making me an [words crossed out]
offer of $20 for title and drawings to be put on map, in stone. Out
after supper, turned in Book Auction, then to Liberty Street, learnt that
Richardson was staying at Patten s, went there, sat an hour, returned,
talk to Fogarty, then bed. ) Called on Picton also, in the morning.
3. Friday. Drawing little initials on wood. Took them to Holbrook.
Agreed to have them, and more, provided I d take orders for clothes, or,
the like in payment. Got an order for breeks. Afternoon Scribbling
to Castle Garden both fore and afternoon. Got note from Barth. Returning
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page one|
|Description:||Describes his day looking for work.|
|Subject:||Anderson; Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Brooks; Clothing and dress; Drawing; Fogarty; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holbrook; Holmes, John B.; Hooper, Mr.; Hooper, Mrs.; Hooper (roommate); Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Livers, Sergeant; Mason; Picton, Thomas; Richardson; Stewart (dry-goods man); Strong, Thomas; Townsend|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]; Cazenovia, [New York]|
|Coverage (Street):||Beekman Street; Chamber Street; Duane Street; Leonard Street; Liberty Street; Nassau Street|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three|
|Description:||Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, boarding house living, theater acquaintances, and Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.|
|Subject:||Actors; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; 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.|