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defiled?           Back   dined, in my room during afternoon.
Mr. Greatbatch and the boys came for some twenty minutes. / Did
not stir out the rest of the day, partly expecting Hughie and Collinson
Evening rather dreary. In the big sitting-room, lamp going out.
  28. Monday. Getting stove pipe in order and thereanent.  Fire being
perpetually lit and going out.  Did the latter myself,   for a short
time.    Evening raining, crossed to Jersey, and calling at the shop
of Collinson s  boss  found that he and Hughie had crossed to call
on me.  Wherefore passing over to the New York side, paced up 
and down till nigh upon 9, then reflecting that the letter Hughie was
said to have for me might be from her, I hurried on to Duane.
And there, lying on the table set out for the mornings meal, I found
it.  A former letter has miscarried.   To bed, with a light heart
and a thousand loving thoughts   all the world of circumstance bright-
ened and more cheerful.
  29. Tuesday.  To the Bowery, leaving knife for sharpening,
shirt button and needle buying et cetera.  Then a good long days
work, content and cheerful, well pleased at solitude.   At
night, ascertaining from the talk of sitting-room loungers that Ralph
Waldo Emerson lectured that evening at the Clinton Hall, set
off there. Paid my 25 cents, and was admitted into gallery, place
crowded to excess, only standing room obtainable. Subject of
lecture altered from that of  London  to  Spirit of the Times   
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty
Description:Discusses finally receiving a letter from Mary and going to see a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Collinson, Bill; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing; Muir, Hugh
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):Duane 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.