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at evening the engraving Seymour called.     Dillon
& Kelly came.     Out with them, drinking at the Shades
&  Live & Let live, till 11 or so.
  25.  Saturday.  Being Christmas Day.     Drawing
till 12 or so,   till Dillon came, anon Kelly.  To
Sweeney s for dinner,  thence to the Jersey City ferry with
intent to go to Paterson, there to see the Falls.     But on
finding we could not return to town by that night, we [ cen?]
walked to the Battery, and embarked for Staten Island.
A three hours muddy, but not unpleasing ramble, then return
ed by the last boat.      Supped at Sweeneys, then to my room
awhile.  Dillon reading aloud.    Brown came.  To the
Shades,  and ale.         Brown in my room anon, for half
an hour.
  26. Sunday.  In doors all day till night, mostly
drawing.    Evening with Waud, in Swintons room. Dillon
came.      To the Shades with Waud, Swinton & Dillon, a
rarebit & ale.      Walked to the ferry with Dillon,
& returned alone.
  27.  Monday.  Down town, at B & P s,
Lantern Office, Post Office &c, hurrying about all
day doing the hundred odd things always preluding
a journey.   Tired out.     At 3, to the Chamber
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes the events of Christmas Day.
Date:1852-12-24
Subject:Christmas; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kelly; Mapother, Dillon; Seymour, Charles (Bailey); Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Jersey City, [New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.