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snobbish speech about his feelings. (He looked very like a huge 
monkey  I have a recollection of in my juvenile days. I ad-
ministred a big onion to him, the beast was fool enough to eat it,
and then sat just like Brown, the remainder of the evening.)
  Some of the girls were amiable, some inane.  Altogether,
as they did no forfeits or romps, it was slow.      One good-tem-
pered, by no means well-favoured old maid I like much. She
it was that read the Tobacco essay last week.   But she
was so truly unaffected, goodnatured   and a good daughter too.
She crossed over to the wretched snob Alfred Brown, and really
tryed to coax him into temper, but couldn t.   So he left early.
We left, hurryed into cars & parted at midnight at
the corner of Chamber Street.
  18.  Friday.   Writing and drawing.  A frontspiece
to Alexandre Dumas  new novel    Isaac Laquedem ,
or the  Gospel according to Saint Dumas,  as the french
have nicknamed it.        Evening drawing awhile, then
to Fulton Street, to Brightly and Waud.  Holcomb
there too.       Brown is off to Boston again in a
devil of a hurry, anent his Italian born widow.
Talks of letters being intercepted, hath been to the post-
master; and telegraphed &c     /  At the  Shades. 
19.	Saturday.  Down town with drawing &c, about
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and fifty-eight
Description:Describes attending a meeting of the ''Amusement & Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society.''
Date:1853-02-17
Subject:Brightly; Brown, Alfred; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holcomb; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Boston, [Massachusetts]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street; Fulton Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.