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18. Wednesday.   Finished Reveille subjects.  To Lockingtons, to
Dickinsons, (in whose room Weed & Randall hold part;) left cuts,
to Post Office & Lantern Office.     Dined.     Return in the afternoon.
Boy came with subject for Lockington.          Evening supped at Sweeney s
and then called on Royal. There till 10.
  19.  Thursday.  Did drawing for Lockington & two Lantern
subjects, on wood.   Down town by 1, dined at French s & to Lantern
Office.    Brougham returned.    After waiting some hour & a half saw Powell
& got $6 paid on account.     Walk up Chatham Street & to room.
Evening after supping, a ramble on the Battery.
  20. Friday.   Drawing on wood, subject proposed to take it
to the Harpers.     Evening, Barth called.     He, in the ensuing fort-night
to start for Fort Mackinaw, on one of the northern lakes, there to
tarry till his time of service be expired.     Out
with him, supped at the Saint Charles & then to Niblo s.     A farce
and then ballet dancing, in which a certain Mlle Pougaud was the
star.   La Manola , an exuberantly coquettish, triumphant, defiant
exquisite Spanish dance was wonderfully done.     Certain other pirouettes
& entrech ts were there also the reverse of decent & buxom Mlle was
very much under dressed even for the standard impudence of ballet
costume.              Met Mathews & Burkhardt there.  Left
at conclusion, to my room & a talk, then Barth left.
  21. Saturday.  All day long worrying about, during  a dull
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page nineteen
Description:Describes attending a play and a ballet with William Barth.
Date:1852-08-18
Subject:Ballet; Barth, William; Brougham, John; Burkhardt; Clothing and dress; Dickenson; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lockington; Mathews, Cornelius; Military; Pougaud, Mlle.; Powell, Thomas; Randall; Royal, Frank; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Chatham Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.