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July.
  18. Wednesday. Over to New York. After waiting some time 
at Stringer and Townsends for the former, strolled into the Park. 
Smoked a cigar, then back again. 	Saw Stringer. Declined taking 
my  Cholera in Gotham,  inasmuch as it would involve considerable 
outlay. Called in on Roberts, he not there,  sick.  Called on Book-
hart and other engravers. Bonar, lithographer, sketchman suggested 
our doing the things in common, if I don t dispose of them. Called in 
at Bobbett and Edmunds, and had a proposal made by the former 
of getting up a Series on some other topic, they cutting them, and then 
offering to sell them to Stringer and Townsend.  Think it over. Home. 
Dined. Then in the afternoon wrote out a half score of subjects on 
 Mose among the Britishers. 	    Joe and George coming, we went over 
to New York. A stroll up Broadway, down Aubony[Albany?], and to that 
charming locality the  Five Points.  Negress prostitutes, Irish, black-
guards of all hues and nations, tumble down shantys, dancing cellars, 
spirits, stink, and crime.	 Calling in at the Shades, an hotel 
a la Anglais, in Reade Street, had a glass of ale, the Dispatch and 
Punch.
  19. Thursday. To New York. Long s, Ann Street.  Can t 
venture to bring out anything now    every body out of town. To Strongs 
Saw him, but he did not seem inclined to Venture. At Bobbett & 
Edmonds an hour or so, then to Jersey City and dinner. George
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page five
Description:Discusses his day meeting with engravers and lithographers, trying to sell his work, and going to the ''Five Points'' slum in the evening with two friends.
Date:1849-07-18
Subject:Bobbett; Bobbett and Edmonds (New York, N.Y.); Bolton, George; Bonar; Bookhart; Engravers; Five Points (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Greatbatch, Joe; Long; Prostitutes; Roberts, Robert; Slums; Stringer; Stringer and Townsend (New York, N.Y.); Strong, Thomas
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Reade Street; Ann 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.