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still; only an old woman attendant.   He sends in to me asking
me to appeal to Mrs H, not to turn him out till to-morrow. Then
he will have somewhere to go to. I do so. /       They, I be-
lieve have pity for the poor fellow, but dread of boarders leaving   loss
of dollars, dollars, dollars commands the inhumanity.    Heaven helps
the poor fellow   to lie ill, in a foreign county, at the mercy of
strangers or chance sympathy  
  29 Saturday.  Sander carried down by his friend Mercer into
conveyance, destined to Alms house.  /     I went to New York,
Chamber Street, and saw Mr Greatbatch.   Called on Warren But-
ler, and Hawkins.
  30. Sunday.  Fine frosty mornings walk to Bergen Rocks, with
Hughie and Collinson.    Evening I went to New York for a bit of a stroll
up Broadway and by the Park.       John Rankin in our room, narrating
the deviltries of his apprentice-shop, horse driving nocturnally, waggon-
lifting on barns, boat stealing for a time, orchard pilfering, vitriol-
squirting over dress of unpopular girls, and similar amusements.
  31. Monday.  Work on  Mose .  Two  Examiners  from England.
Evening turned out for a bit with Hughie, he expecting two brothers per rail,
for New Years day.   Didn t come.    Back   and Collinson coming
sat up singing till an hour beyond midnight, fairly seeing the
old year out.   / 	Yet this is scarce the right way   I neither
would laugh or cry it in   but think it in.   Farewell old
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy
Description:Mentions the removal of Sander to an almshouse and a New Years Eve celebration with Hugh Muir and Bill Collinson.
Date:1849-12-28
Subject:Almshouses; Boardinghouses; Butler, Warren; Collinson, Bill; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, Mrs.; Hawkins; Mercer; Muir, Hugh; New Year; Practical jokes; Rankin, John; Sander
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street
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.