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 Live & let Live,  then to my room.   Waud reading, I
writing a letter to Heylyn, full of gigantic flaws, setting
forth how on my return from Genessee I had found the block
on which this house is located burnt to the ground; also 
divers items of startling import anent our English acquaintances,
how Boutcher was imprisoned in Rome for pitching into three
monks who were taking liberties with an old woman in the
ruins of the Coliseum; how he flattened one s nose to his face
with a big stick & how another bit his ear off.       How
Purdue had bolted for Australia with a mans wife. And
how Stansby had married an old woman and turned Pussyite
parson &c            Which laudable & truthful performance
completed, and it being past 11, I m going to my
virtuous box   may the musquitos have mercy on me!
  2.  Saturday.  In doors writing & drawing till 11, then
Waud called in. /    Went down town, to   Sachem  Office with
the portraits of Picton & Wren on wood, full length.   The
usual Saturday morning s crowd there, drawing unanimously approved
of.   To Dickensons Office.  Got the huge Picayune block &c, &
took it to Bunnells.        Powell is there temporarily.    To Mathews
& to Reveille Office with Cuts &c.            Lantern Office &
calls.   Dined at about 2, about again, engravers all
paid &, calls at the Sachem & Lantern Offices again.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page sixty-one
Description:Details an amusing and untruthful letter he wrote to Edward Heylyn.
Date:1852-10-01
Subject:Boutcher, William; Bunnell; Dickenson; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Mathews, Cornelius; Picton, Thomas; Powell, Thomas; Practical jokes; Purdue; Stansby; Waud, Alfred; Wren
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Genesee [County, New York]; Rome, [Italy]; Australia
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.