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little snob is he, and saith droll things sometimes.
For instance in relating the story of our turkey-stealing
& cooking exploit, some old lady happened to question
the cleanliness of the noble Hudson river.   Quoth Mason
 Why they caught a bass with a clean shirt on there, the
other day!            Left at 11.            /          Had a letter
from Charley Brown, about getting woodpeckers to go on
to Boston.
                                  November.
  1.  Monday.  Downtown, to Reveille, where I found, on
getting copies of the paper that dodging, envious Mathews had not
used my this weeks cut, getting one from [words crossed out] Boyd instead.
Funnily small dodgery is it!     To Bunnell & Price s, to
Strongs, to Lantern, (where was Powell,)    & then to Weed
with drawing.       Got a huge armful of boxwood at Wells
& Webbs, then through miry street & drizzle of rain back
to my room.     Drawing till 7, only going out to dinner.
After supper, a call at Royals.       Wrote letter to Charley
Brown at night,  with proofs of wood-pecker Copcutts, who had
called.      Sat up drawing till past midnight.
  Tomorrow is the day of Presidential Election. Albeit a
looker on, I hope Scott ll get it.  Yet perchance it is
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page eighty-two
Description:Comments briefly on Mason and mentions that the Presidential Elections are the next day.
Date:1852-10-31
Subject:Boyd; Bunnell; Copcutt; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mason; Mathews, Cornelius; Powell, Thomas; Price; Royal, Frank; Scott, Winfield; Strong, Thomas; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.