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who chanced to be there.  Subsequently we went
to a tavern nigh Thames Street, where sitting
by a big fire place we took a cigar and toddy.
It might have been cosy, but heavy footed waiters, 
horribly wide awake boys and homeless looking men
were about, and the former made a thoroughfare
twixt us and the fire.        I felt drowily dreary.
But the rain came slowly down   the fire was
not in mine own solitary room.     At about 5
to Mulberry street.         Supped there, then with
Joe to hear one of Chapins sermons.   Apart
from the excellence of it  I like the feeling of
being in Church.   I like to listen to the organ,
letting the mind float back to old times, old pure
thoughts and inklings of Life, Death, and Immor-
tality.   I feel childlike, happier and better,
not such a worldling.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page ninety-two
Description:Gives his thoughts on attending church.
Date:1852-04-18
Subject:Chapin, E.H.; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lockington; Religion; Sermons
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Mulberry Street; Thames Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.