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them at, (after supping.)     Pistol and Rifle practice; winding
up with St Charles  and oysters.           These sort of
excercises are well enough  for those of infinite leisure &
money;   but  tis a dreary ambition that squanders night
after night, repulsing [wholesome?] sleep, book thoughts &
gentler pleasures  for proficiency in such.    I care not
for them.    Only were I a prince or millionare  I would
wish to have the education of Gargantia;   that of
body & mind being equally tended to.  I think that
the best treatise on education ever written.
      Had a letter from Barth this day, dated a month 
  6. Sunday.   In doors, reading Montaigne.
Ceaseless rain out o  doors.     At 5 came Brightly
& Brown.    Two hours close talk anent divers
matters, then to the 5  Charles   Broadway saloon,
where we had a quiet well chosen supper & salad
and a bottle of Sherry afterwards.    And lots of talk.
Every one threw his part into the general stock, and
very pleasant was the result.        Astronomy, Geology,
Ornithology,    Creeds,    Individual characteristics,
thoughts, whims, likings, dislikings & oddities, seasoned
with opposite story and illustration.      Until we
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and fifty-one
Description:Comments on men of leisure.
Subject:Barth, William; Books and reading; Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Firearms; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.