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Why the devil don t George Bolton write to me. 
  15.  Thursday. Went to New York. Called in at Renwick s
and saw More, Heylyns fellow-official. Talk architectural and
national.  Call on Warren Butler.  Proposition of design for big
show-bill.	Great assemblage all about and in the Park
and  in honour of the memory of defunct Generals. Worth and another.
Military company, of all uniforms, blue, red &c. Mostly young fellows,
and look very Gallic in appointments and tournure.
  16. Friday. At work drawing all day.
  17. Saturday.  In the afternoon took the design for show-bill
to Butler.  Returning, had a chat with little Reuben at the clothing
store he officiates as  touter  to. (He shewed me the daguerrotype of his
inamorata, and she herself passed bye.)	Walked Jersey-wards
meditatively after a bit of a stroll up Broadway. Faith, had
I, when hurrying up it for the first time with Dick Gunn, George
Bolton and the Wenhamites, pictured myself as now, in California
hat, and  peaked  beard   I should have smiled; albeit to some-
what sad being so lonely.	Passed through Washington Market,
all alive with traffic.  Pleasant faces of women purchasers, suggesting
thoughts of their homes and firesides, and bringing sad thoughts of
my own isolation.  Yet a crowd is a melancholy sight. To think
of all the throng of human beings, each with his own loves, hopes and
anxieties, and to know that a few brief years and  all has passed
away.   A market place in Babylon, or Troy, (if Homer s Troy
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-three
Description:Muses on the melancholy nature of crowds.
Date:1849-11-14
Subject:Bolton, George; Butler, Warren; Drawing; Gunn, Dick; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; More; Publishers and publishing; Renwick; Reuben
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.