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or rather starved somehow since he has been in
this country.   He s English born, but horridly
like the little deformed Aztecs I saw at
the Society Library   hence his nickname.   He s
all the vices of a rational being too, talks of
harlotry, smokes and drinks.   And does the
queerest things.  Bought a port-monnoe when
he had but a few shillings to get a meal with.
Altogether he s the most unpleasantly miserable devil
conceivable   going back to England by Emigrant
Commissioners grace to him as a pauper.
Supped at Goslings, and then returning, wrote
for an hour or so,  Oldpot  for Strong.
  25. Fri|day.  Writing for Strong till
12, then down town to him.  Called at Lock
ingtons, dined in Courtland Street, calls again
then return to room about 2.  Reading and
idling all the afternoon.     With Waud &
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and forty-eight
Description:Comments on a man he calls ''Aztec.''
Date:1852-06-24
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lockington; Poverty; Strong, Thomas; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Courtland Street
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.