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Took a refreshing cobbler luxuriously, under
the trees, and looking on the holiday-making
hundreds all about.  Swinton s brother and part-
ner doing a roaring trade.    Rambled off
amid the trees &c for an hour or more,
but few about, as the overclouded sky, and
stilled wind began to forbade rain,   which
however did not come, save a few drops on
the surface of the little ponds.       A chat with
Swintons father & a glass, Swinton himself joined
us once.       Return to New York by the 
last (7 o clock) boat, took a meal at Gos-
lings and to my room.   Very well content
to have been alone the day.
  21.  Monday.  Up early, down town, breakfasted
at the  Excelsior , (meeting Waud there).   To Wells
and Webbs, expending $ 1.50 for blocks, to the
Post Office, then returned.   Drawing sketch for
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes a solitary visit to Staten Island.
Date:1852-06-20
Subject:Drawing; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Nature; Staten Island (New York, N.Y.); Swinton, Alfred; Swinton, Sr.; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [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.