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blocks for drawing pictorial rebusses and sufficient to sink a three-
decker.  To Picayune Office, got paid for drawing $3 all in
small silver, (real Picayune change.)  To Traveller Office again.
Made new arrangement with Holbrook, he to give me $3 a week
regularly, I to scribble what I like, not confining to Ike Chivvles.
All right.     Afternoon down again with more things, thence to the
Battery, thence returning.   Part of the evening sitting in the room
of Mr Cunningham, with him and wife.     Mr Cunningham nar-
rateth of a fearful accident which on the preceeding night befel
the unhappy rooster, who commonly abideth in the yard of this 
establishment, and who hath a peculiarly asthmatic crow of his own.
How, he, Cunningham, going to the shrine of Cloacina, (which
said temple the fowl doth much frequent, as I know) was start-
led at hearing a crow from the nether depths, how he discovered 
the luckless crow there, and went in, demanding of Mrs Leave
whether she owned a bird commonly existant in the yard, to
which she, assenting, he informed her of the plight of chanticleer.
 Oh it s my rooster  quoth she, and with the two Irish hand-
maidens sallied out straightway to the rescue. And first they tried
to lasso him a la Mexicaine, but couldn t, and then they tried
a basket, but Rooster was nt sharp enough to get in t. Finally 
they got him up, though how the deponent sayeth not.  My
impression is that the wretched fowl designed suicide, impelled by
want of society; albeit he may have accidentally made the
worse than Curtins-like-leap, in the essay to leap on the seat.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page eleven
Description:Narrates a humorous story involving a rooster owned by his landlady Mrs. Leave.
Date:1851-10-18
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cunningham; Cunningham, Mrs.; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holbrook; Leave, Mrs.; New York picayune.; Publishers and publishing; Roosters; Traveler.; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.