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/ 	Evening, had, with Collinson to fetch Hughie away from
the  candy-shop . Then, made punch and a night of it.   I
led off a nacreauzing a song on all of em.   Herr Sanders comes
out jollily.  Collinson singeth of Nelson, and sayeth of our German
 Aint he a Brick, Mr. Gunn, by   he s a Brick !  (Our
Oxford boot-man might sit for the portrait of the cobbler who tells Sam
Weller his history, in the Flect prison.)	Song and health and
toast, till some ten or later, then to bed.
  26. Wednesday.  To New York. Warren Butlers and left blocks. 
Then back to Jersey.   Deathly chilly day, air as cold as marble
to the face   small icicles froze in my moustache   droll.     Back.
 Mose  I  the afternoon.   Sanders with me   ill, breaking out on his 
face like measles.  don t know whether I shant catch it.  At evening
Hughie bringeth his lady-love s brother in for a half hour.  He exits &
Collinson and printer John Rankin come in.  Smoke round stove and
talk of England.    Hughie and Collinson like good fellows give up
bed to Herr Sanders and go to his cold room, whither I light them,
and after putting everything available on the bed, boots, hat and car-
pet, I retire to diarize this and cover up Sanders, that
he may perspire. 	He s now asleep or there-anent, and
I shall lay down pen, and get into my bed, to think of you
my own dear distant girl.   By this time thou hast my letter
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-eight
Description:Mentions singing songs on Christmas Day and Herr Sander's illness.
Date:1849-12-25
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Christmas; Collinson, Bill; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Muir, Hugh; Rankin, John; Sander
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; 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.