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one advertisement devoted to getting news of William Barth, three 
for pupils to instruct in drawing.	A walk up to Joe and George s 
Pork Store. Being Saturday night they were busy. 	/ Verily, it
was queer to sit in the back of the shop and see them carving, sawing, 
weighing and money-taking   to see this and call to mind quiet 
Oxfordshire, (in connection with George.)	Here is he, some three-
thousand and odd miles away, trafficking in little Jersey City, as if 
at it all his life. Had we speculated on this, in our ride to Strat-
ford on Avon what should we have thought? /
Ah me! Ah me!  The
briars of this working day world!  Sometimes a quick, fierce im-
patience, anon a very heart-sickness to think of this mind and 
body wearying strife for bread and cheese.	This  Gin-horse life 
as poor Burn s phrases it! Here am I, in my 3 and twentieth
year, still hoping, planning, scheming, to get astride the alligator
  the world, as of old.		And if done, what then. Have
I the fresh heart to enjoy, as then?  No more   no more,
oh Never more for me    		I m sad at heart, 
to the very core    I am aweary, weary,   I would that I were 
dead.  To lie still and be at rest. I can understand Mother-
wells feelings when he wrote his last. Or dear Shelleys, in his  Ode 
in dejection near Naples.  The World has not wronged me   I bear 
it no malice   but oh God for some one to love me   There
I can write no further. Oh Mary, that I was a loving boy as of old.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seven
Description:Describes two advertisements he placed, one for drawing pupils and one for news of William Barth. Comments on the difference between his friend George Bolton's life in Oxfordshire and his present work at a Pork Shop in Jersey City and the hardships of working in general.
Date:1849-07-21
Subject:Barth, William; Bilton, Mary; Bolton, George; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Greatbatch, Joe; Motherwell, William; Poetry; Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Coverage (City/State):Jersey City, [New Jersey]; Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxfordshire, [England]
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.