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                 Boweryem s Letter.
I coul find a suitable position under a 
freedom-spreading commander where my phy
sical proportions would be no hindrance to
my usefulness.   My will and understanding
are full-grown, and my capacity for labor
equal to that of most men.   If you will kind-
ly mention me to some officer as a man useful
in the capacity of a scribe, printer, or for dan-
gerous secret service, I will hold your ser-
vices gratefully in my esteem and memory.
Do you think I could teach the blacks to
sing liberty songs?  They must be taught by
ear and memory.   This is the only way I 
can sing myself.      I could write songs suit-
able for fo their understandings and com-
pose melodies adapted to their powers of ex-
pression.     I would throw myself heart and
soul into this occupation.  x  x  Mrs Robert-
son has attempted  readings  at Dodworth s
Hall; I know not with what success.      Mor-
ris is domiciled in his den at the top of a 
Broadway building.   He has taken possession
of the arm-chair and cushion formerly in
your room, on the authority of Haney. His table
is made  all out of his own head    memorable
joke.   I have lent him a melodeon on which
[unclear word] plays never-ending, always-beginning pious
[unclear words] downs, and spins out his gentle emo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes a letter received from George Boweryem containing news from New York.
Date:1863-02-05
Subject:African Americans; Boweryem, George; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Morris, James (K. N. Pepper); Music; Robertson, Mrs. (Brougham)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2010-11-18

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.