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Did big Reveille Cut & minors.    Randall & Weed
called.             Out at 7 to sup at Sweeney s, then
returning, big tar-barrell blazing in Centre Street,
for the delectation of boys & loungers.     It is a
beautifully devilish element is fire.         Cold, icy clear
night; great volumes of smoke and murky house-
blocks  lit up, very picturesque   all of it.      Room,
writing an hour or so, reading &c.
  21.  Thursday.  Weed called for blocks & had  em.
Breakfast at Sweeney s, back to Office   & work. Down
town to Lantern Office, saw Powell, did nt get money.
Return,  work, dinner at  Shades,   work again till 5,
then down town,   Broadway, Park, Chamber Street,
every-where crowded with Militia Companies, being a Review
day.          To Bunnell & Prices. He out with his company.
Met Seymour.       Clever article of his  Cockney in America 
for the  Daily Times .           To Chapins, where I found Waud.
Supped with him at the  Live & Let Live , return to
my room, he & I reading for hours twain   then he
left.   (               This is a right busy, industrious time
now with me.        Time runs by briskly.        I almost
fear [word crossed out] its proving but temporary.
  22. Friday.  Drawing on wood, Rebusses &c. Dunsier
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page seventy-five
Description:Mentions that time has been passing quickly for him.
Subject:Books and reading; Bunnell; Chapin, E.H.; Drawing; Dunsier; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Powell, Thomas; Price; Randall; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Centre Street; Chamber Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.