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scouring, all the morning.   Finding carman, half hour s
stoll by the water.   Then after dinner, carman arriving, box lif-
ting,   ferry crossing, farewell to longer abiding in Jersey.
Arrived at Duane 168. Coffin in the hall   poor German boarder
whom the  whips and scorns of  poverty had tempted to  burst ope the
gates which all would willingly slink by    he had taken laudanum
yesterday.   Life and Death jostle each other by the elbows. /   A
quarter of an hour spent in porter s work, dragging horrid heavy 
boxes up;   then  fixing  room, stove &c.   Room 12 feet by 6, 
just able to open door for bed.   Lavation, repiration, cogitation
till about 6;   then decent into sitting and spitting room.  Hot
stove, boarders besieging it and uttering newspaper topics.   Bell rings
  all troops to long room in the rear. Long tables, stools, stove again.
Supped. Back to sitting room   talk with old gentleman about Emer-
son; then strolled to Christopher Street.  Joe daily expected  back
again.    An hour s talk, then back to Duane.   Little compli-
mentary badinage with the good tempered Irish girl who shewed me to
my room; then to bed in New York for the first time.
  27. Sunday. Up, and down early.  Breakfast ; then buying
 Atlas  of newsboy at door, sat and read awhile.  Critique on
Emerson, and a fine one in  Tribune.    A walk down Duane and
up Bowery.  Got  Police Gazette  and there read fine expos  of Hawkins
  hope, if true, that the fellow will get Blackwell incarceration for a 
twelvemonth,   and so an end   who can touch pitch without being 
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes his first day at his new boardinghouse in Duane Park.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Imprisonment; Suicide
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):168 Duane Street; Christopher Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.