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and three quarters dreary look out. /  The brawlings, scoldings, abuse
and vulgarity of  the family  disgust me.  There s a sort of female  rowdy-
ism  prevalent, universally, and all Tyrannize, from larger to smaller./
The mother here though is one of the world s unconcious heroines   toil, toil and
never thinks of taking self credit. Were it to be said to her  Of all who in
God s sight exist in this house   you alone play the best, and truly heroic part,
working ever from sunrise to sunset, and later, to mountain and hold this house
by your scantily recompensed labour,  it would be strange news to her.  And
well she loves her family too,  selfishness is sometimes manifested to her but never
to them.  All great is a mother s love!   Poor lean widow, many be there in the
world, (little honoured by it,) like you   but of such is the Kingdom
of Heaven.
  30. Friday. Work on  Mose .  In the toil of the afternoon feeling
the need of fresh air crossed to New York. Left the design for big poster
of Warren Butlers.  Looked in at Chamber Street, saw Mr. Greatbatch
and leart that Joe is still in New York. Has  had a gum bal ,  swelled
face , is doing  nothing , and thinks of going back to Connecticut. /
My  Ripper  article in the  Empire City , with divers congratulation from
the Editor.  A hit   a very palpable hit.  Requesteth  more of my
quality,  and exhorteth me  to keep it up lively. 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page fifty-nine
Description:Comments on his respect for all the work his landlady does largely without thanks.
Date:1849-11-29
Subject:Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Mrs.; Publishers and publishing; Women; Working class women; Writing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street
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.