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shaded front parlour, through the outer green blinds
of which the hot bright sunlight peeped quietly
in, I read Cowper, and waited.       Presently he
came, very much the worse for an overnight s
debauch, in which, Wurzbach, Waud &c had
been sharers.    According to Roberts, they had been
whist playing, champagne drinking & travelling twixt
tavern & tavern   till some four in the morning,	
all getting infernally drunk.  Suggested a days
Staten-Islanding to Roberts & he agreed, swearing
he wouldnt touch another glass of liquor in his life.
Presently in came one Corbett, acquaintance of Roberts,
a self willed Britisher, who cursed a great deal too much
and had a decided desire to have his own way.
Roberts acquainting him with our notion, he proposed
a sail boat & half a dozen others   ending of
course on a debauch .     Negatived it very coolly
for my part.  He left, & after dining with
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. Roberts.
Date:1852-05-30
Subject:Corbett; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Roberts; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Waud, Alfred; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[Brooklyn, New York]
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.