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ing legend of a certain little girl who couldn t understand 
how two and one made one, as many older Christians can t, though
of course they believe it. Also would read no fiction, with other
lively and exciting traits of character.    /      In the evening
whist with Wing, Hugh and  Garry.       /        Intermediate
rereading Swift s Tale of a Tub. Fine  dialogue of the dead 
might occur in Hades between Swift, Sterne, (greater still, Rabelais
and Aristophanes.
  16. Tuesday. Drawing till night. Very, very blue-devilled.
 S blood, I m as melancholy as a gib-cat or a lugged bear 
 My only comfort is to know
My dubbolt fortune is so low
That either it must quickly end
Or elseway turn about and mend. 
Finished letter for Boutcher in the evening. ([words crossed out])
  17. Wednesday. Drawing all day.
  18. Thursday. Drawing. In the afternoon letters from
Joe; and Sartain returning an order for my payment   for
the which I felt thankful to God, with all my heart.	    Playing
back gammon with Wing in the Evening.   Also a game at whist.
  19. Friday. Still at work on Mr. Robert s tract. A bit of a
walk in the evening with Wing. To the quondam Pork Store, for a
pair of books I had entrusted to the Hebraical son of Crispin for repara-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page forty-one
Description:Mentions the fine ''dialogue of the dead'' that must exist in Hades among Swift, Sterne, Rabelais, and Aristophanes.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Garry; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Muir, Hugh; Poetry; Roberts, Robert; Sartain; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.