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the time comes,    I pray that I may have some loving face
beside me,  to close my eyes in their last glance at
this world.
  27.  Wednesday.   Down town, to Bunnell s, the Lantern
Office, Engravers, & Post Office.  Returned, drawing hard
till dinner time.      Dined, then to Lantern Office   Brougham,
Powell & Seymour      Got $5 on account.   To room again,
& drawing till 6.            Reading, Dicken s  Carol  again.  
Shall I ever forget the first time I read it? 
   /     Out to Shelleys for supper, returned by 8 1/2.
It s a chill wintry night,   I feel very lonely just now,  
the very clock seems to tick sorrowfully.    Wherefore I think
I ll e en go to bed and muse my self to sleep.
  28.  Thursday.  Putting stove up, drawing &c.  Down town
by 3 or so, at Lockingtons & Weed s.  Post Office &c.  A
walk on the Battery afterwards.     Returned to room. Davis called,
& then Waud.    Stayed till 8 1/2, then all to the Battery, there
to witness a display of fireworks, which was well done.
  29.  Friday.   Drawing.          Field the Artist called.    Wanted
to sell one of his books,     Gavarni sketches.   He suffering awfully
from a sort of tic doloreux, and desirous of rousing the money
to employ dentist s and to  destroy his nerves  of his teeth.   So
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page seventy-nine
Description:Comments on death.
Date:1852-10-26
Subject:Artists; Books and reading; Brougham, John; Bunnell; Davis; Dentists; Field; Fireworks; Gavarni, Paul; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lockington; Powell, Thomas; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, 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.