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hateful people round you.   Save Hughie s good tempered face,
and that of old Collinson, all beasts, and sulky ones.  No clean-
liness   wish I was out o this.
  17. Thursday.  Mose . To the Post-Office.  Got letters from
Home, (  O blessed word!)  From my mother, Samuel and Naomi
also a few lines from my father   (I ought to have written to him
before.)    My sister Naomi s letter provoked sympathetic tears
  I love her dearly, she is quick in sympathy   I never
was better pleased than once, when George Bottom spoke of similarity
in our dispositions.  If it be so, and my vanity well readily
wish to believe it, she has all the good and none of the bad
traits of character.   /         Two  Examiners  from Edwin.
In my Mother s letter, the news of the death of Mr Evans of
John St Chapel,   where I was, oh how often in times
bygone with her.   And then some hundreds of his hearers
followed him to the grave.   Was she not among them, I wonder.
  18. Friday.  Over to New York to get the  5 check sent
me by my father cashed. Then through driving rain, splashing
mud and gutter to the  Empire City Office.   Oh Teufel!
what a scene,   learnt that Hawkins was in the Tombs,
(prison)   having been arrested last night.  All the set type
had been knocked together,   small pi, nonparcel mixed,
confusedly.  Young fellows tell me of it   shew me part of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy-six
Description:Mentions letters he received from his family and describes the scene at the ''Empire City'' Office after Hawkins was arrested.
Date:1850-01-16
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Bolton, George; Collinson, Bill; Evans (England); Gunn, Edwin; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Jr.; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Muir, Hugh; Publishers and publishing
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.