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in England.	George Bolton had a forty-days-passage home.
Drawing  Mose  the rest of the day.
  20. Tuesday.  At work on  Mose  still. Matagrabolized
at getting no letter from M.
  21. Wednesday. To New York, seeing about different passage prices 
to Philadelphia, in the morning.  Bought Dickens Sketches. Sitting
and reading en afternoon. Ditto, and back-gammon in the evening.
  22. Thursday.  Embarked on board the  John Potter  near the South
Ferry, at 12, and off down the river, en route for Philadelphia.
Sunny, breezy afternoon, water very quiet, (not so a bony horse tied in
the forepart of the boat, who was performing an energetic polka all the time,
to the growling discontent of his master.)  Arrived at South Amboy and
enter the Caro, (no delay as before) and thus the rest of the journey.
Well treed country, in some places having a strange appearance, as 
you d pass a tract of land covered with trees like exaggerated box
starting up out of the bare soil, devil a blade of grass near  em, all
as of ploughed land.  Sometimes a lone little white boarded house stick-
ing all alone in a field, no garden, shrubs, trees or humans about it.
Winding along the Delaware.  Myriads of bright sparks flying from the
funnel of the locomotive.  Inside, Irish and Yankees.  Chewing and
smoking.  Rather tedious as time drew on.  Arriving at the termi-
nus at the place which occupies the situation with regard to Philadelphia
that Jersey does to New York, we cross in ferry boat, (at about 6 in
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-five
Description:Describes his journey by boat to Philadelphia.
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Gunn, Thomas Butler; River travel; Transportation; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; [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.