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a call on Stringer.	Then to 136 Nassau. Baker and 
the other engravers there abiding.	Saw some of the illustra-
tions of the defunct Yankee Doodle, done by a Mr. Martin-
son, I think to our English Martin, the painter. Very good 
things too.	Went to Childs, John St.	A chance of 
a book to illustrate. 	Calling of the Sun Office, found no answer 
to my advertisements, neither with respect to Barth or pupils.
Evening a walk with George, concluding as yesterdays , in a 
game at dominoes.
  26. Thursday. Drawing and reading in a desultory and 
unsatisfactory manner. Thunder storm in the afternoon, lightning 
very brilliant. Query   How is it that persons struck blind 
seldom or never commit suicide?   I never heard of a case. Also 
men who have lost limbs, are maimed, and that terribly? The 
causes of self murder vary with the ages of the world. Among the 
Romans, if a hero, a despot, a senator could not help himself in 
any extremity, it was universally expected of him;    the then natural 
sequitur.	Nero s case to wit   and he, a coward too.	You hear but 
little of it in the Feudal ages, religion of a sort being active then. In 
these days it s done from poverty or romance, never philosophically.
Sir Thomas More recommends it,  when a man s life is burthensome to 
himself, or others,  and Plato, also. 		How strangely awful 
must a man s face look as he turns the key in his door, with 
a fierce, sad knowledge of never again re-opening it.      And to 
sit down and think and review a past life, hope, how bright,
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page nine
Description:Mentions drawing and playing dominoes. Gives his thoughts on suicide throughout history.
Subject:Baker; Barth, William; Bolton, George; Childs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martinson; Stringer; Suicide; Sun (New York, N.Y.;1833)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [Jersey City, New Jersey]
Coverage (Street):136 Nassau; John St.
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.