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shop  where I saw his ladye love.    Little hard favoured
virgin with light hair   auld Scot s woman her mother.   Some 
talk, then Hughie and I go Harsinius-wards.   Call on Cana-
dian Frenchman. Then Hughie went back to candy shop.  Eating
pea-nuts, talk, badinage, brandy and water,   toy and  candy 
purchasing for the children s Santa-Claus stockmising.      Back
to 79, and an uproariously absurd half hour in doing it.    One stock-
ing   supposed to be unpopular Ellen s ae [fill will?] candies, mould, black-
ing, tea cup fragments, bone &c.   Next   for Kitty all good,   cents &
confectionary. Next, baby s   confectionary and bit of pork fat. Then
cat s whisker singing, and uproariously to bed.
  25. Tuesday.  Christmas day.  Oh day of Dickens, and
home memories,   passed for the First Time away from Home and England.
I cross to New York, big mahongany-blocks under arm, clear, chill &
frosty day, sun out right gloriously.   Finding Warren Butler s shut  
(a right thing too,) I leave big blocks at Bewitts and then stroll hither
and thither to see how the world s best holiday is kept.  It was pleasant
and a sort of company for my lonelyness to see merry faces hurrying hither
and thither, to think of firesides and welcomes awaiting them.  Oh my
Mary, why are you not by me?   	     /         A batch of equestrian
oddities ride by, all en droll costume, here a Spaniard, here a Turk,
here one half butcher with blue frock and huge trousers   boys run and
shout and grin.	  	Back to Jersey, dinner.   Afternoon
occupyed in lighting fire which had gone out. Herr Sanders with
me.  Droll stories about the Holy-coat of Treves.  [words crossed out],
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-seven
Description:Describes the events of Christmas Day, 1849.
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Children; Christmas; Christmas stockings; Ellen; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kitty; Muir, Hugh; Parades; Sander
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.