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ale at Erford s, then parted.
  6.  Sunday.     Dined leisurely at Erfords, then by
3 called at Franklin Street for Waud &c.   Out.
Walked on to Grand Street,  called at Nagle s room.
Found his room companion Briggs there, cigars and talk.
This, [words crossed out] young fellow,  had been in England with
Pell the  Ethiopian [Sercuader?] ,   himself in the darkey
business;   plays at the  Fellows Minstrels.    Divers stories
of the craft.        Nagle came, and an actor, who plays at
Wallacks.       The two professionals got up an impromptu concert,
the actor singing songs from the  Beggers Opera ,     Briggs doing
divers darkey ditties with banjo accompaniment.    One very lucky
pretty tune he played  the Arkansas  reel.              Left
them at 7, thence supped solitarily at Sweeneys, then to
room.        Read   Emerson for an hour or twain.    Then to
Beach Street;  called at Mrs Kidders, where I stayed till
midnight.
  7.  Monday.  Down town for Blocks &c,  to the
Picayune Office,  met Robinson there .   Returned to room
by noon; drawing.       Dined, as wont, at Erfords,
finding Neagle & Noah, and actors there.  Drawing
till 5, then down town with  em.      To Wells & Webbs,
Picayune Office,  then to Engravers in Fulton Street.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Describes a visit to Nagle.
Date:1853-03-05
Subject:Actors; Books and reading; Briggs, Charles F.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Nagle, James P. (Watt); Noah; Robinson (boarder); Slavery; Songs; Theater; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Beach Street; Franklin Street; Fulton Street; Grand Street
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.