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rich that,   not more than eight months and wrote a tale with 
that title!
  9. Wednesday.  To New York. Saw Hawkins   talk with him
about writing long serial.  He beyond measure pleased with the tale
of Ike Charles.  Agreed to accept a dollar a column for the  Revelations 
So go ahead   (I have resolved it shall be nothing in the licen-
tious way, or to be ashamed of, afterwards.)       Called on Warren
Butler, and in Bobbett and Edmonds. Then to Jersey, and a very
bad dinner.    Mose  in the afternoon.  Revelations  at night.
  10. Thursday.  This morning being up rather earlier, took a 
walk up to Bergen rocks, and, when about to return ran as great
risk of a most horrible death as could well be.   Thus it was that
I am now sitting quietly here, in place of my body lying in a hideous
mass of dismembered fragments.  Where the railroad track makes a 
sudden and abrupt curve, I was standing, as I often have been before
on the one-side rails  watching the locomotive pass on the other.  Two 
had passed within a few minutes of each other, and I was quietly
gazing, pipe in mouth, just about to plod Jersey-wards, when at
the back of the cars I saw a man, with extreme alarm visible in
his face, looking towards me, and pointing with his finger.  I
turn round,   and have just time to leap aside when another 
train, passing in the opposite direction on my rail comes clanging by with all
its restless horror.     The noise cause by the first one had prevent-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy-four
Description:Describes an incident in which he was nearly hit by a train.
Subject:Butler, Warren; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Publishers and publishing; Railroad; Writing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.