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 Sure an  I d give $50 if it were the Bristol that s in England. 
Other Irishman  And if I were there sure I d give $50 to be back
again!       An  what id ye do here   gaith to there where
the money is!    On they went hammer and tongs   butcher
strong on behalf of England.    Sure they d never ask ye for half
an hours work in England widout payin  ye for it!     And
ye get good porther there, an  the beer there s better than the wine
here!    Now good luck to thee honest butcher for that first senti-
ment, let alone the other.	/	Arrival at Jersey at
9 o clock; found the room whitewashed and chilly-looking, Wing
abed on the floor.
  24. Saturday.  To New York. Made a call on Warren Butler, 
and purchased knife for lithographic purposes. Getting things in order during
the rest of the day.   Backgammon with Wing in the evening, and he
after two glasses of cyder-brandy manisfests decided symptoms of ultra
bacchanalization. attempting to walk upon one floor plank in proof of
his sobriety, he staggers hither and thither to a most absurd rate. Sub-
sequently tells legends of family feud and   goes to bed.
  25. Sunday.  Writing all day, letter to my dear Mother, to
Naomi and to Sandeman. Did not stir out.
  26. Monday.  Making design for poster for Butler.  A letter
from Boutcher, and a right friendly and jolly one. Book-culture
hath made him a fine fellow.   But why have I no letter from her.
  27. Tuesday.   Stones for lithographing arrive from Philadelphia. Finish-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-seven
Description:Continues describing dialogue between two Irishmen regarding England.
Date:1849-11-23
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Boutcher, William; Butler, Warren; Drunkenness; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Irish; Lithography; Sandeman; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):Jersey [City, New Jersey]; New York, [New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
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.