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9. Tuesday.  Drawing, sans interruption. \ Ben practicing
too in the morning.	After supper, talk among the fellows
about fires, and divers anecdotes of the  b hoys  who run  wid der
Machine.    Ben s half lament that he has no  ex-citement  at
all now.
  10. Wednesday. To New York, posted letter for M, sent off 2
drawings on blocks to Philadelphia, then to William St Bowery, calling 
on Baker, in his new diggings; leaving block with Brinsley s name to be
cut by him. (Bye the bye he s been s absent since Sunday;  
drunk and ill at a Tavern, Infelix senex!)    Drawing the rest
of the day.
  11. Thursday. Drawing.  A letter from Sartain, and that in
not the civillest vein in the world. Crossed by the drawings on their way there.
  {12. Friday   Drawing. | Ben Haun practising on a list
  13. Saturday}   of the names of the  Apollo Association of Jersey City, 
in my room.   On Saturday afternoon, having finished the other two
blocks, went to Wall Street, and dispatched them, (with my bill) to 
Philadelphia. And returning through the busy streets, down which
a sharp north-wind was driving, reminding me of my extreme need
of a great coat,   and crossing on the crowded ferry boat, in the
chill  gloaming  of the evening ;   gazing on the multitudinous streams
of life around me, - on the barge  Empire of Troy,  with her fires
glowing, bells ringing, busy people embarking;   on the western
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page thirty-nine
Description:Mentions his drawing work and his need for a coat.
Date:1849-10-09
Subject:Baker; Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Brinsley, Silenus; Clothing and dress; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Publishers and publishing; Sartain
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Wall 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.