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7. Friday.  Drawing on  Mose.    Very, very lonely at heart. 
   /  A new Boarder appeareth   an Oxford man, recently arrived
in this country.  Nocturnally he coucheth in our room with Hughie.
  8. Saturday.  Mose  all day.   Wretch of a small boy out of doors
hammering on a big childs drum sans intermission.
  9. Sunday.   Wrote to M    patience is stale, and I am
weary of it.    Out of doors sleet, rain, snow, in doors head and
heart aching.	 Took a hour and half walk in the evening spite of the
weather, with Hughie Muir, (that s his name I find.)   He narrateth
how the vestal of the  candy-shop  having many  fooling round  her hath disgust-
ed him with the pursuit, wherefore he thinking of abandoning the same.
Long walk, Grove Street and Pavonia-wards.
  10. Monday. Unwell, ill-tempered, splenetic, matagrabolized.
Hard at work on  Mose .   Evening reading Burns and Rabelais
with Hughie.
  11. Tuesday. Went to Post Office. A letter for me, but from
George Bolton.  A poor one sheet of note-paper after all this delay,
 mountain in labour    (Won t write myself for a devil of a
time.) [words crossed out].	    Poor did John Harris
the farm labourer, who in face might have stood for a portrait of
Crabbe s Isaac Ashford, is dead! /	         Returning, all the
trees deep covered with their winter foliage.   I love snow, it is
so beautiful, and varied in the multiform shape it takes. /
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-two
Description:Mentions creating drawings for ''Mose among the Britishers'' and hearing Hugh talk about a girl in a nearby candy shop.
Date:1849-12-07
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Collinson, Bill; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Harris, John; Muir, Hugh; Winter; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Grove 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.