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2. Friday.   Took sketch to Barton, accepted.
Lockingtons, Traveller Office &c.  Avery s.  After-
noon out again after drawing.  Castle Garden.
Met Beukman.  Pencil buying.  In at Strongs.
Some writing to do for his  Whittlings of Jonathans
Jack Knife.   Reveille.  Drawing during evening
for a short time, then with Holbrook who had come
home and supped with me to the Broadway
Theatre, to see Lola Montes, who has come here
to make profit of her [word crossed out] s notoriety.  A dull
performance, she excelling neither as a dancer or a 
handsome woman.  The latter she may have been.
The audience neither condemnatory or
enthusiastic.   Farce afterwards.
  3.  Saturday.  Putting Reveille subject on wood.
Little Edward Greatbatch came, with a letter for
me from England.  Barth called in the after-
noon.  Out with him.  To Reveille Office. Got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page six
Description:Mentions seeing Lola Montez dance.
Date:1852-01-02
Subject:Avery; Barth, William; Barton; Beukman; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holbrook; Lockington; Montez, Lola; Strong, Thomas; Theater
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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.