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Weldon called for  Bleak House .
  15. Tuesday.    In doors all day, never a soul
calling till evening, when came Brightly and Brown;
and it being my seven-and-twentieth birthday, I must even go
to the Shades, there to drink and talk till midnight.
  16. Wednesday.     Rain all day long.   Writing, in-doors.
  17. Thursday.   Writing & drawing.   Brown came at
6 in the evening,  and after he had decorated himself at his
boarding-house, (whither Alf Waud now resides, and whither I
intend to;)   off by the Cars up town  to Lamartine or
Lafayette place;   a stylish private house, where the migratory
Amusement & Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society is
this night held.        Two handsome rooms, rival artificial dog-stars
therein, in the shape of huge fires;  girls about and men.
The minutes of last week &c read over with due mystery &
closed doors,  the company mixed.       A Scene from Howard
Payne  s  Brutus   read,   dismal.      A tepid see-saw
rhyming  Indian Legend read.        Charley recites  the Song
of the Shirt,  well.        Another dreary business read.      I
sell  em all by reciting  Doctor Johnsons  Hermit hoar , the
conclusion of which produced a roar.       Alfred Brown essays to
read Milton, does it wretchedly, girls talk and one laughs.
He waxes irate and sulks all the evening, after venting a
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Describes attending a meeting of the ''Amusement & Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society.''
Date:1853-02-14
Subject:Birthdays; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Brightly; Brown, Alfred; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Poetry; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.