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Talk about the paper, suggestions &c.  Bellew
there.   Jocularity, funniment &c.    Votes as
to subjects for next week.   Then talk of a Club
being organized which was incontinently done, and
yclept the Lantern Club.    Great debate as
to whether Tetotallism should be the order of
the day, or no, finally, it being put to the
vote Alcohol was excluded, and beer wine
admitted.      Talk with Hutchings &c.   Left
them at about half past 10, and to Franklin 
Street and bed.
  15. Sunday. (Birthday.)    Scribbling
a little.      Afternoon Joe and the boys
came.    Evening went to Chapins, thence
with Joe and Fred, whom I met there,
to Mulberry Street.   There till nigh 11.
Then made a call at Mrs Kidder s,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page thirty-four
Description:Describes the first meeting of the Lantern Club.
Subject:Bellew, Frank; Chapin, E.H.; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hutchings, Dick; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Lantern.; Lantern Club; Writing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street; Mulberry Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.