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the loss of his hat; and straightway went to sleep
with uncovered head in the maddening sunlight   tem-
perature over 90, hottest day this summer.  Another
boatman came, but he wanted his dinner & could
not therefore transport me over.     But he rowed
Connor and boat under the arch.       Went off
to dinner myself & Goslings, returned, no boat.
To Brooklyn & over lots of blockading barks and
barges, got in outgoing boat & was rowed across
to the Island.   Hospital till evening, reading &c.
Barth & I back to Long Island.    Up Atlantic
Street, to Mrs Normans. They have opened a
little shop, sell newspapers, prints, magazines
&c.     There an hour or two, then by 10 to
New York & my room, ale and a Smoke.
Barth left at midnight.
  23. Friday.  Idling nearly all day, that
is reading George s Sand s continuation of  Consuelo 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Describes encountering a drunk Connor.
Subject:Barth, William; Books and reading; Clothing and dress; Connor; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Leisure; Long Island (N.Y.); Norman, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Atlantic Street
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.