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{7. Wednesday. At work on  Mose  for Carey and Hart.
  8. Thursday   Suicidal weather out o doors.  Little stirring
  9. Friday}   out. Back gammon with Wing o nights and
reading.  He having finished his work aboard the  Hudson  talks of
going to the land of  punkins  and wooden nutmegs   in default of any
thing to do.
  10. Saturday.  Went over to New York in defiance of the rain, and 
made a few calls. Mostly unsuccessful, for none of the called-on in the
way, save  Le Chevalier Picton.    /		Brinsley returned
from three or four days bacchanalizing, with a black eye, given him
by a juvenile cigar maker lately a denizen here.   And last night
this same Juvenis got  lammed  by b hoy Ben   inasmuch as he
had departed without the production of $3 for his board.  According
to Ben s account  he licked him like thunder   and I believe it.
 He didn t do nuthin else! 
  11. Sunday.   In-doors, reading till the Evening. Then to Presbyter-
ian Church with Wing. ( John Presbyter  has altered since Hudibrastic
days   fine organ, and sermon exhorting charity and christian spirit to
those differing in creed ). That was the better part of the sermon. For
the rest, the subject was too great for the preacher,) as it would have
been for most of his class.   It was that of Christ and the woman of Sa-
maria   and he went about it the ordinary, conventual way   Stating 
what would have been the conduct of a Pharisee, in like place. Bestowing
praise and commendation in Him for humility. &c. Praise is
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-one
Description:Mentions the possibility of Wing moving, a cigar maker whom Ben Haun fought with over non-payment of rent, and going to church with Wing.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brinsley, Silenus; Cary and Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.); Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Ben; Picton, Thomas; Religion; Rent; Sermons; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.