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ed my hearing it approaching, and but for it being indicated to
me, I should have pursued my way till overtaken.  That man
saved my life,   I would that I could but thank him for it. /
  The full thought of what an escape it had been was not impressed
on me till after some time, indeed it appeared   (the start of alarm
over,) almost a common-place transaction   but now I see it in its
right light.	I thank God for it.
  {11. Friday.     Mose  each day.  No stirring out.  Writing
  12. Saturday}    incessantly during the evening.  Very sad at heart;
ceaseless thoughts of Home and England.   Hosts of petty disagreables 
also.
  13. Sunday.  Writing the greater part of the day   I ought to spend
it better,   this life is that of an animal, unworthy of a being
possessed of an immortal soul;   I ll waste time no more thus.
  14. Monday.  To New York   to  Empire City Office  with MS.
Then seeing about boarding house, Duane & Hudson.  Think I
shall go to the place Joe stopped at.  Duane Park. (Heaven
save us, what a park   bit of triangular inclosure which a man
might hop round in two minutes!)	   Mose  the rest of the day.
  {15. Tuesday     Mose . Anxious about letter s which I ought
  16. Wednesday}    to get by the  Canada.    Lots of minor, shirt
button miseries, room not clean, epsom salts taking, head-
ache, bah   Melancholie and irritable. Nasty, disagreable,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy-five
Description:Mentions writing and drawing, looking for a new boarding house, and his hopes of receiving letters from England on the ''Canada.''
Date:1850-01-10
Subject:Boardinghouses; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Writing
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.