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every body with a fool s cap on, and capering to the
jangle of his own bells right merrily!
              
 /   Alfred Brown came, & Charley shook hands with
many promises to write &c &c, then off for return
to Boston!      /                 Waud came, supped with
him at Sweeneys, then in a gun-shop, looking at
certain new loading-at-the breech patent weapons, in
company with a Californian-looking individual, who
said gravely with an impressive slowness, as if he wished
it to be inferred he spoke from great experience, that  a
bowie-knife was best for a close fight.       Parted with Waud
& I off to Brooklyn .        Met Swinton on the Ferry.
/    Called at Dunsiers.         Subsequently was introduced
to two pretty dressmakers, as a returned Californian &
played the part to a gigantic extent, infinitely to their
and (my own) entertainment for an hour or twain.   Return
to New York and room by 12.
  20.  Wednesday.  With Waud, (who had passed the
night in Swinton s Office, down town to Goslings for 
breakfast.    Thence, parting,    I to Bunnell & Price,
to Picayune Office, to Lantern &c. Powell 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page seventy-three
Description:Mentions fooling two dressmakers into thinking he has recently returned from California.
Date:1852-10-19
Subject:Brown, Alfred; Bunnell; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dunsier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Practical jokes; Price; Powell, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.