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the streets outside, which lulling awhile we issued forth  & dined
together at French s.            Thence to Nassau Street,  when the
rain commencing again, we ran up to Broadway, descended into
Van Name s & after imbibition remained matagrabolized, dumpish,
damp, dismal, doleful & splenetic for half an hour or more, then
parting each on his several ways.          Back to my den, which save
for purchasing bread & milk  I quitted not any more that day or
night.       All New York under atmospheric Hydropathy to a dismal
extent.        Reveille minor cuts.   Charles Lamb reading.         Bed &
bug-destroying at an hour past midnight.         Very dreary.
  26. Thursday.     Finished Reveille cuts.  Down town with them,
dined comfortably at Senior Goslings, called at the Lantern Office, 
only Powell s son & heir within.  To tailors, got breeks I ordered
last week.  To Lockingtons, to Mathews with divers ancient wood-
cuts Lockington  propoged  to sell.     To Reveille office.       All
the time, the day was closely, perspiringly, clammily hot.    Return
to room. 
    Went to Royals at 6, gave him
oil painting, supped with  em, stayed two hours, then back to
room.     Conveyed foul linen to mine ancient laundress, inasmuch
that Davis hath revolted from conveying them to & fro to his
wife, seeing that it beseemeth not manly dignity.    To Webers
the bootmaker, left boots for reparation & bought a pair of dandy
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page twenty-one
Description:Mentions that Davis refuses to convey Gunn's laundry for his wife to clean any longer.
Subject:Books and reading; Clothing and dress; Davis; Davis, Mrs.; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lockington; Mathews, Cornelius; Powell, Thomas; Royal, Frank; Weber
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Nassau Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.