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did exist) must have presented much the same sight as does
this Washington market now.  Human nature is the same.
  /  It is a great and serious thing to live . To have thoughts,
and sympathies, to feel love and awe at the wondrous world within
and around us.   And, to me, the idea of Death is sad, were
it but that I might lose consciousness of this beautiful world;
of the Sun, of the sky, green trees, and kindly thoughts.  And
if  tis pleasant thus, existence, what, oh! what would it be when
possessed of and possessing one to love dearly,  dearly, dearly, ever dearly
, of one who would love and sympathize with me.  Ah me, well
should I know how to appreciate it.   To worship you, my own
dear girl in my heart of hearts!   never to let the world of common-
place circumstance disenchant the deep, sweet feeling. To   ah
me   ah me!  God grant that I may dream of you, Mary, and
that I may soon have a letter from you.  I m sick at heart.
  18. Sunday.  I  the afternoon over to New York for a stroll with
Wing; some distance up Broadway, returning down the Bowery and
through the New York Cour de Merades, the   Five Points.   During
the evening had an Ancient Mariner in our room, just returned from
San Francisco.  Yarns about whaling and the gold diggers. This same old salt 
borrowed 2 shillings of Mrs H and absquatulated on the next day!
  19. Monday.  Letters from England, and one from Cary and Hart.
The ones from England, are from my mother, Naomi, also one enclosed
from Sandeman, who had written from Edinburgh, thinking me still
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-four
Description:Gives his thoughts on life, death, and love.
Date:1849-11-17
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Fortune hunters; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Mrs.; Nature; Sandeman; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; San Francisco, [California]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.