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up,  all right.         Recollect not what I was doing
all the evening,  but busy,   writing    I think.
  20.   Saturday. Writing awhile, then down town,
to B & Ps,     Lantern Office,     Engravers, Well s
& Webb,   Post Office &c and all the usual crowd
of Saturday s calls;   talking with Brougham; with
Powell,   with North at the Sachem Office.    Picton about
again,  looking ugly & owlish.      At the Schnieders
trying on Coat & pants &c.   Paid  em $25.  About
all day till 7 or  so, they to room, and fire
being out down stairs in Swinton & Fay s room, 
drawing till 11, while Waud read aloud some of
Poe s, strange, mystic, imaginative, terrible
tales.
  21.   Sunday.   Doing chores & reading till 12,
then having dressed, to Brooklyn per South Ferry,
and to the boarding-house whereat Mr Hammett resides.
A spacious, stylish place,  the which I well recollect
visiting before, when in quest of a boarding-house, in
company with Barth.                  Inducted into a cosy
basement room, where I found Hammett & was intro
duced to his wife.          A comely, pleasant faced woman,
the room so neat, snug & cheery,  bright fire bur-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page ninety-three
Description:Describes a visit to Mr. Hammett's boarding house.
Date:1852-11-19
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Brougham, John; Clothing and dress; Fay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hammett; Hammett, Mrs.; North, William; Picton, Thomas; Powell, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [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.