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trite and commonplace when applied to Him. He should be thought
of, spoke of, with awe, reverence and deep affection, both by be-
lievers in dogma, and believers in humanity and God.
  12. Monday.  Droll thing occurs this morning. The unhappy
cat belonging to the house, (who is always hungry, and enciente,) finding
a hook with bait, attached to Wings fishing-line, swallows both.
Great to-do there-upon. Wing and John in the yard, one holding
cat muffled up in sheet while  tother pulls at the line attached to hook;
the poor beast howling terrifically during the operation. I recommended
Chloroform, and in the afternoon it was adopted, and John, Wing
and self succeeded, after the performance of a surgical operation in
getting the hook out.	/	Purchased, and housed coal and
other addenda to stove.   Drawing on  Mose .
  13. Tuesday.  Out for half an hour on the stone break-water watching
Wing at  angling   that solitary vice.  Then drawing till evening.
Backgammon then.
  14. Wednesday. Ramble about the rocks, reading Brinsley s  Weekly
Dispatch.  Talk with a poor Irishman there   some-how I like his
nation;   they re so impulsive and warm hearted.  Arch-devil Tal-
leyrand said  always distrust first impulse, as it is generally good .
This I think true, argal a man who acts on first impulses
is probably a good fellow.	Drawing the rest of the day.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-two
Description:Describes an incident in which a cat swallowed Wing's fishing hook and bait.
Date:1849-11-11
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brinsley, Silenus; Cats; Chloroform; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, John; Irish; Religion; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
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.