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talk of Leonard Street place, of the lack of boarders, of
the masculine and feminine  Dickies , (as the two Flowers, in
affectionate bird-like parlance term one another,) with
much scandal and cachination.     Quitted them at 9, and
to mine own little solitary room, and scribbling.   Wrote
two articles for paper,  [words crossed out]
and a letter for Mr Hart.  Bed, late.     Met Warren
at sunset, when out this day.
  17. Friday.   Drew a little, then to Roberts, and with
him to Locke s .   Much talk over the agreement I had
over-night drawn up, and arguments as to the proportion of re-
numeration.  Locke & Ives, requiring half profits, after ex-
penses paid for publication &, the other half we, (I and
Roberts) to divide.     This we did not agree to, so the
affair stands over at present.   To the Traveller Office; to
the Post Office, sent off letter for Alf Waud and Mr Hart;
then to Millers, saw him, settled matters, then to An-
dersons.  Got no money.   Then back to dinner.  Afternoon,
drawing awhile,  then down town.   To Courtland  Street
schnieders, got waistcoat,($3.50)   on Holbrooks order on Schnie-
ders.   To Traveller Office, there till 6, then returned.
Drew four pictorial rebusses &c after supper, then out and 
called on Mrs Kidder.   Found her alone, but soon Ward came.
Stayed till 11.       I never yet experienced a woman with no-
thing real about her soul, till now.   What elaborate bosh does
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page nine
Description:Mentions that he will not be illustrating the railroad book because of a disagreement about payment.
Date:1851-10-16
Subject:Anderson; Clothing and dress; Flowers; Flowers, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holbrook; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Locke; Miller; Publishers and publishing; Roberts; Ward; Warren; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Courtland Street; Leonard Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.