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by a singular chance he had met Old Kent, the Boston-
ian who dwelt at Holt, long time ago.    At a railroad
depot he had noticed an old man, with unshorn beard, long
white hair and pant s thrust inside boots country-fashion.
The old man had been in Illinois, dwelling with a wedded
daughter,  had the fever & ague bad, (then suffering
from it,)  and was now on his return for Boston.
Dillon with me till 2,  then dined together, then
in Waud s room, then parted.        I down town, a
bootless call at Lantern-land, talk with Brougham,
return,  work, supper, and hard at work till 11,
in Swinton & Fay s room, in company with Waud.
  11. Saturday.      Drawing, hard, big Pictorial Picayune
cut.   Down town through driving rain and muddy streets.
At Picayune & Lantern Offices  &c and about till 3 or 
so, then to room & work, ill, worried and weary.
Mr Weldon came,  anon Mapother and a countryman of
his; anon they left.    Talk with Weldon, he reading
aloud two glorious poems of Elizabeth Barrett Brownings,
(whose works he brought me.)    Down stairs, gave tick-
ets to the Broadway Theatre to Swinton; down town
again.      Horrible mud splashing and wet.    To Picayune
Office,  got paid, return, supped, and to room again.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and two
Description:Describes Dillon Mapother's encounter with ''Old Kent'' at a railroad depot.
Date:1852-12-10
Subject:Brougham, John; Browning, Elizabeth Barrett; Clothing and dress; Diseases; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kent; Mapother, Dillon; Poetry; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Illinois; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.