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doors all day.  Finished the Cazenovia Title on Stone.
Holbrook came with block &c.     At work on wood.
for the Reveille all the evening.
  23. Tuesday.  Drawing on wood for both Traveller
and Reveille when Barth and Holbrook came, the
former having fetched the latter from the Police Court
where he had gone to testify to Hawkins respectability  
he having cow-hided an Irishman.     Barths birthday.
Imbibition in moderation & lunch.  Holbrook left,
and at about 3, Barth did.     Finished both drawings,
and then down-town with them, to the Reveille Office,
then to Lockingtons  and then to the Traveller.
  24  Wednesday.   Called at Reveille Office.  Got $2 1/2 
for block.  To Traveler.  To Castle Garden, to Mil-
lers &c.   Afternoon at the Traveler Office, Holbrook
back to supper with me, then together through the
snowy ice-cold streets to Broughams Lyceum, where
they played the Christmas Carol.    [word crossed out]
I shan t forget the happy first reading of that exquisite
book.     A very poorly attended house, though the
players were good.     Oyster stew and a glass together
at Shelleys afterwards, talk about the paper; Hol-
brook being about to reduce it both in size and
price.    Parted at midnight at Stewarts  
and this was my Christmas Eve   Shall I ever
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page forty-nine
Description:Discusses the events of Christmas Eve, 1851.
Date:1851-12-22
Subject:Barth, William; Brougham, John; Christmas; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Holbrook; Lockington; Miller; Stewart; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.