24. Tuesday. Down town with Shepherd,
to Harper s. Story not yet set up. Met Banks
coming out of the engravers department, evidently
in Bellew s business. To the Evening Post ;
saw Maverick; Concert Room article in to-day.
Parted with Shepherd at 1; he off for Jersey.
Up town. Boweryem with me during the evening.
This morning the New York newspapers con-
tained tidings of the death of Prince Albert.
And this day last year, I was in Charles-
ton, South Carolina sad enough, too.
25. Wednesday. Christmas Day. In doors
till 4 of the afternoon, then, for a walk, to Bel-
lew s. A fine, cold, frosty day befitting the season.
Rather lonely and meditative, none the less so for
the fact of my nationality and the hate that is ram-
pant against the dear old land that gave me birth,
now almost universally prevalent here, which, to
their own shame, some that I know of English
nativity selfishly seek to propitiate. Thoughts, too,
of Chacombe and of home. Found Bellew and
his brother Beckett, the latter lying in a half doze
beside the fire. An argument on the English ques-
tion with Bellew. Ever since his return to this
country he has disparaged I was going to say his
own, but I know he was born in Ireland, only he
thought that a reproach when he emigrated and
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and thirteen|
|Description:||Regarding his thoughts on being an Englishman in America.|
|Subject:||Albert, Prince Consort of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain; Banks, A.F.; Bellew, Frank; Bellew, Patrick Beckett; Boweryem, George; Christmas; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harper and Brothers (New York, N.Y.); Journalism; Maverick, Augustus; New York evening post.; Shepherd, N.G.|
|Coverage (City/State):||New York, [New York]; Charleston, South Carolina|
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen|
|Description:||Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; 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 2010 Missouri History Museum.|
|Source:||Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.|