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After two or three hours all together, in Swinton s room, he,
Waud,  Dillon &c being present; we all adjourned to Shel-
leys and had oysters and Chablis wine, and talk.
  {17.  Monday.       Drawing all the usual Picayune work, and
  18.  Tuesday       down town usually once a day.      Dillon with me
  19.  Wednesday       every day, and generally during the evenings.
  20.  Thursday}       Waud with me.  Much down Stairs, in Swin-
tons room &c.    Field called, and others.  Dillon intending
to be off for England during the week.   With him to and
over the  Pacific , in which he takes passage.    He sometime
at Millers &c.       A hurrying, busy sort of here and there week.
Not over well.  Domestic disagreables in the way of water leaking
through the roof of my cock-loft and wetting my couch, necessitating
me to bivouac on the floor for one night.     Letter from home.
Wrote letter for Dillon, in case he visits London.
  21. Friday.   Much the same as heretofore.  Firstly out
with Dillon and Waud to the City Hall, where they  declared
their Intentions  to become citizens of the US.  Back to
drawing.  Down town &c.     Evening, after supping with Dillon at Sweeny s
off to John s, and brought him down to the Office.  Out with him,
Swinton & Waud to Shellys, where we supped, and afterwards
had an escape from getting into a regular New York  muss.  Waud
having  dared  Swinton, he incontinently jerked some water
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Mentions water leaking from the roof of his room.
Date:1853-01-16
Subject:Drawing; Field; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johns; Mapother, Dillon; Naturalization; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; London, [England]
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.