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and Joe calling in the Evening; all three off to the  National 
Theatre.  New York, as it is.  A busting piece, no sort of plot,
or any attempt at any.  Mose  in great glory; his chief business 
seeming to be knocking everybody about. 	The part of a  market 
loafer  well played. 		The piece over, left. Called in 
at a Book auction on our way home.
  20. Friday. Called on Wilson of the  Brother Jonathan, 
in Spruce Street.    Then up the Bowery. [words crossed out]
[words crossed out]. 	At Bobbett and Edmonds for wood-block, to com-
mence  Mose among the Britishers.  Jersey City and dinner.
Then over to New York and Wilson s again.  Cholera  unsaleable. 
Went to the  Ned Buntline  Office, but that worthy was out of 
town. 	Shower of rain.    Sitting on a pile of mats in Broad-
way, opposite the Park, contemplatively blue devilled.
George paid me a visit in the Evening. Reading Good old  book-fighter 
against blue-devils,  Burton; and the book of Job   grandest 
of all grand dramas, sublimest of poetry, divinest of morals,  In 
God we live, and move, and have our being:  all proceedeth 
from him, and existeth in him. Most wondrous Eyes of an 
unknown Namer.
  21. Saturday. Unwell, bodily and mentally. Drawing 
as much as I was able. Title for  Mose. 	In the Evening to
New York. Risked a dollar and a half in advertising;   
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page six
Description:Describes seeing the play ''New York as It Is'' at the National Theater in New York. Discusses a day spent meeting with publishers and trying to sell his work.
Date:1849-07-19
Subject:Bolton, George; Books and reading; Buntline, Ned; Chauprau; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Greatbatch, Joe; Religion; Theater; Wilson
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Spruce Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.