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progress, wherefore I must lump each items as I have
in mind.     Picayune drawings as usual,  visits from &
visits to Engravers,  some one or two calls at the Lantern
Office,  generally finding either Brougham or Powell there; recon-
ters with Tom Picton,  evenings chiefly in company with
Waud,  perchance others down stairs also,  Swinton &c.
A visit from Field, who discourseth of a certain corn-husking
machine he hath  invented .         One from John Gotch, (Joe s
fellow workman at Alcocks) who having returned from Phila-
delphia, departeth next week for Australia.   He is a
keen, money hunting, saving, money-dodged mortal, hath
any number of irons in the fire.   Imprimis he inquired
did I want to purchase building shares he had to dispose
of.  Then, did I want a gold watch.   Anon would I pur-
chase a knife,  and forthwith he produced a handful of
them.       Then he also had some thousand cigars to sell. /
He intends trying antipodean mining, then perchance prac-
tising dentistry,  can take daguerrotypes, and I wot
not what else.   He anticipates returning in two years,
wedding a Philadelphia girl, and there living.  He
affecteth Methodism, pays the passage of a young comrade
out, (to be repaid to him,)  and is withal marvellously 
and transparently selfish.  Yet will he get on in the
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Describes a visit from John Gotch.
Date:1853-01-29
Subject:Alcock; Brougham, John; Field; Gotch, John; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Picton, Thomas; Powell, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]; Australia
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.