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30.  Monday.  Did drawings twain on wood.   Out by 12 1/2
called on Roberts.  To the Lantern Office, shut up for the nonce.
Dined at the  Live & Let Live ,  met Holcomb, gave him
block, to Lantern Office again, Powell not there,  not down to
day.    To Reveille Office, to tailors, return to room.  Thence
to Canal Street for boots.   Return; then called at Roberts
again;   to the Battery with intent to cross to the Island.
But meeting Livers, & from him learning that they were over-
busy at the Hospital, with Death and Cholera, I performed
my visit.   An hour or two s tranquil pacing up and down the
Battery walks.    Verily it is the pleasantest place New York
has to boast of.   And this afternoon it was very lovely to look
upon.  The river and bay rippleless & lake-like, the round
bright sun just at the horizon, cloudless sky,  lush & lusty
lawn like grass, all bright with the golden sunset, or chec-
quered with long tree shadows, & overhead all, deep um-
brageous shade.     Not till nightfall did I leave, than to
the Courtlandt Street Goslings & supped.       There an hour,
then up Broadway Roomwards.   At a book auction-store
met Holcomb and Levy.   Talking with them, (O Brien passed
in, & out again, with his usual supercilious aping-aristocra-
tic-coolness.)     With Levy to my room, talk an hour
or so & then he left.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page twenty-six
Description:Comments on how the Battery is the prettiest spot in New York.
Date:1852-08-30
Subject:Clothing and dress; Diseases; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holcomb; Levy; Livers, Sergeant; Military; Nature; O'Brien, Fitz James; Powell, Thomas; Roberts
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Courtlandt 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.