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with me. A simple-hearted, hard-working, kindly natured,
commonplace man, with quaint ways occasionally.   He narrates 
how, induced by oppression of a feminine relative of his master, he
during his apprenticeship  run away , and  tramped it to Coventry. 
 She catched hold o me, and I fell down   ready to bust me Sir. 
  /	Hughie away on a visit to the paternal mansion, at
Newark, returns in the Evening.
  17. Monday.  Went to New York.   Empire City Office, with tale.
Last two-weeks Editor, so no longer. Saw Hawkins, publisher and Editor
  Dicken s Colonel Diver far from being over drawn   this man was viler.
 We live by Sin, Sir, if all were bold enough to own it!     We want
tales of Licentiousness Sir   of Crime, Sir!   that s what our readers
like!        Bah!    An ounce of covet good apothecary!    Cut
my hand off first, rather than play literary pimp to the scum of New
York:   albeit the Almighty Dollar were scarcer.  /    Purcha-
sed another 1/4 ton of coal, and in the afternoon carried it in. / 
Drawing on  Mose,  till night.	Matagrabolized and melan-
cholic even to tears at the glorious sunset, and thoughts of Her
and past happiness.	     But after tea, Hughie and Collinson 
coming in for the evening, and commencing vocalization, I left
big-poster I d been at work on and joined in. Hughie s
fiddle, Scottice songs, Collinson Dibdenizing.   /
    This day a clearance of boarders.    Silenus Brinsley
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-four
Description:Describes an encounter with the editor of the ''Empire City,'' Hawkins, and mentions the departure of boarders from his boarding house, including Silenus Brinsley.
Date:1849-12-16
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brinsley, Silenus; Collinson, Bill; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Muir, Hugh; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Newark, [New Jersey]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
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.