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since Monday, I dressed and sought comfort and calm with
Nature.   A walk of two miles or so, neath the bright stars
which in company with his deep loved Beatrice, the sad Florentine
soared into.  Dante s idea was a great one and worthy of his
poem.    /    Bergen rocks   climbed them.  Huge New York with
its redly twinkling lights, little Jersey   the dreary waste of landscape
each side. Emerson s right, each Season hath its particular beauty.   /
Thoughts of Kent road, Cumming Street, Neithrop, Chalcombe,  
my life as far as its yet run  
  22. Saturday.  Up before day dawn.  At work on   Mose  
till the Evening.   Half-unwell.     A walk about Jersey with
Hughie in the evening.
  23. Sunday.  Long ramble all the icy, sharp, bracing morning,
with Hughie.   Pavonia-wards and homewards by Bergen-way.
I  the afternoon Fred and Edward Greatbatch came over to me on
a visit.  Give them candies, and tea, then, in the Evening cross
to New York with them and Collinson. He leaves us at East Broadway
and I with the boys to Christopher Street.   There till 10, then 
back to Jersey, melancholic.
  24. Monday.  Drawing  Mose .   Herr Sanders, a just-ar
rived-and-here-boarding German sitting with me.       Evening
out with Hughie, for alhohol and lemons, for to-morrow night s
consumption.       Taken by him to the much talked of  candy-
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-six
Description:Mentions his work, walks with Hughie, and a visit with the Greatbatches.
Date:1849-12-21
Subject:Collinson; Dante Alighieri; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Muir, Hugh; Sander
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]; Neithrop, [England]
Coverage (Street):East Broadway; Christopher 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.