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All the way to Canal Street, then through divers unexplored
directs to Christopher.  Just in time.  Turkey, Christmas pudding
&c   Walk out with boys, buying sweetmeats for  em and pulling
em along in toy-sleigh.  Back again, brandy and water, almonds
raisins and talk.  Evening telling the boys fairy tales.   Left after
a pleasantly passed day at about 10.    Altogether wrong was I in
thinking them chilly;   spleen and loneliness bred the idea, and I m
ashamed of it, now.		        Returning, divers young fellows
doing the same from their new year s calls, many with  gigantic
bricks in their hats,  (id est, New York phrase for bacchi-plenus.)
Crossing the ferry talk with a german, from down south, where
he  had lost two niggers by Cholera!        First time I have met a dab-
bler in the accursed traffic.
  2. Wednesday.  Mose  all day.  Evening, got hold of a certain
fictitious  Diary of Lady Willoughby,  (during the Parliamentary wars of
Charles the First.    It is a deliciously written thing, and more than
once affected me even to tears.   Exquisitely are the feelings of wife &
mother told, and exquisite are the little incidents given.  Of her hus-
band   I thought as he drew nigh, how comely was his countenance .
  And of the incident of finding the whipp of her dead child, taking it
up in her cloak and weeping over it.   /        The writer of this
must be an exquisitely minded creature, and I do not doubt a wo-
man.  /		I cannot but think that love of country was more
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy-two
Description:Describes his New Year's Day spent with the Greatbatches, and comments on meeting a slaveholder and reading the fictitious diary of ''Lady Willoughby.''
Date:1850-01-01
Subject:Books and reading; Drunkenness; Food; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; New Year; Slaveholders
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street; Christopher 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.