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to Brooklyn, returned.        To room & drawing until
11.     Waud with me all the evening.   Many
and varied have been my feelings towards him, not always
have I done him justice,   I think I could
do so now.     He is the most self-reliant
                     fellow I ve ever met.
Let me briefly jot him down.      A stupid and tyrannous
father,   a trade he didnt like,  Sunday in the workshop,
parental oaths and ogre-moods,  Somerset-house drawing
school; giving lessons in drawing at country school;  
a first love.  Solitude 
and heart preying on itself awhile, then resolve to live,
  pluck and health again.      Exercise, country journeys,
work of palette & pencil.        Work again, this, that, and the other,  
panorama painting with Allan, and   New York. Another
half-love scrape ere quitting England, severed by the Atlantic,
no sequence to it, nor to a similar Boston one.       A
handsome face, Saxon all over, bold nose, full,
blue eye, fair hair and a color like a girls .   A laugh
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and forty-nine
Description:Describes his friend Alfred Waud in detail.
Date:1853-02-03
Subject:Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; England; Boston, [Massachusetts]
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.