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  24. Thursday.  Did Reveille Rebusses
and one minor cut.     Down town, left big
drawing at Dickensons, Rebusses at Lockingtons
then to Goslings and dined at leisure.
Called at Lanterns and at the Sachem
Office, where I narrowly missed getting my 
head smashed by the fall of a statuette of
Washington, which came down with direful
crash on the table about three inches from my
head, and broke all to smithereens.     It could-
nt stand Pictons Second Number, though plaster
of Paris.   Left, to room, did chores &c, 
wrote awhile.  Lockingtons Aztec came with
block.     This fellow s a singular animal,
talks nasally, looks like a yaller nigger, is
horribly dirty, smells a mile off, is ruptured, 
has something the matter with his feet, has lived
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and forty-seven
Description:Mentions almost getting hit by a falling statuette.
Subject:Dickenson; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lantern.; Lockington; Picton, Thomas; Sachem.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.