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he and his friend, (who had come also)  left.    /    I
called at Strongs while down town, and got money for drawing
for his February-next number of Notions.    /        Supped
at 7 then to Ludlow Street,   Weed s home, leaving
two drawings on wood for him.      Return to room,
& down stairs reading aloud to Waud, Swinton &
Fay, poesy of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and anon
the earlier chapters of Lazarillo de Tormes, as far
as the adventures with the poor Squire.      Broke up at 11.
(How very inferior is the Second Part of one H de Luna
to the glorious First of gallant Don Diego Hurtado
de Mendo a, sometime ambassador to Venice!  And
how miserably the  Avallaneda  of Lazarillo   misunder-
stood the character of the poor Squire, in making him
rob Lazarillo!       Why Don Quixote would have been
as capable of a theft.
     I had used to like the Second Part of Don Quixote better
than the first.    Wrong, in great measure!      Charles
Lamb has opened my eyes.   Peccavi.  /
     Passing up the Bowery this night, I glancing at
a huge play-board outside the  National Theatre ,
(announcing some highwayman melodrama,)  saw at the
very bottom of the bill, as appearing in a small farce
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and four
Description:Comments briefly on ''Don Quixote.''
Subject:Books and reading; Fay; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Strong, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Theater; Waud, Alfred; Weed
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Ludlow Street
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.