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Heylyn today, inviting me to visit him this Christmas.
He frightfully humbugged by my last, containing the flams
about our English acquaintances.      Hath written home, com
municating the tall tidings of Purdue.       Now if Purdue ever
happens to visit the paternal Heylyn s      won t there be a small
scene!         I must disabuse Heylyn anent this item.
  3.  Friday.     Drawing &c all the earlier part of
the day;   Picton called, with coat stained and a
notable bruise on his forehead, having gotten into a muss
overnight.    Sate awhile, talked politics, of building &
wood-blocks, bid me $15 for painting, abused England,
Germans &c, had some brandy, gave me a cigar &
left.         Dressed,  down town to Engravers, there awhile,
then to Lantern Office, nobody there, then to room.
Reading Poe, out to Supper, returned;  Waud
came;   at 9 out with him, Swinton, Fay & Van
Vronken;  billiard playing twixst Waud & Swinton;
then I & Fay joined em.            I haven t played a
game at it for full eight years, I think.
  4.  Saturday, a dismally wet & muddy one.
Down town by 11, to Post Office & Engravers, got cuts,
& to Bunnell & Price s with them.   Thence to  Lan-
tern Office; Wells & Webbs & Sachem Office.    Imbibition
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page ninety-seven
Description:Mentions receiving a letter from Edward Heylyn and an invitation to visit him for Christmas.
Subject:Billiards; Books and reading; Fay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Picton, Thomas; Practical jokes; Purdue; Swinton, Alfred; Van Vronken; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.