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with remarkable knowingness and pretense.  Has seen
the Mexican campaign, been in South America, Canada &c,
knows much of Indian tribes, history and antiquities, is inti-
mately and minutely informed of the history of his own state;
hates  Yankees ,  and don t like women.    Has a wife,
and a pretty illegitimate child by some mistress, whom his
wife is fond of.       Drinks to excess, habitually.  Has
had a good education, (is translating the  Isaac Laquedem  of
Dumas for Bunnell & Price, which I illustrate.) and
is a vicious knave withal.  All the people
in the boarding house,  did nt like him, and
he, I, & Brightly talked together at table.
  24.  Thursday.      Writing.    A letter from mine
own dear mother, brought by Mr Greatbatch at noon.
Evening, Waud & Brightly call.      To the Shades
together, Waud having gilded his face first, rendering
himself an awful spectacle.
  25.  Friday.  Down town during the morning.
Drawing.
  26.  Saturday.     Down town.  Drawing.   Evening
at Weldon s till midnight, he calling for me.   Brown
and Waud called also.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Comments on Robinson.
Date:1853-02-23
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Robinson (boarder); Robinson, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.