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and the returned up gusty, windy moonlit Broadway
to my solitary cock-loft.
  19.  Saturday.   Drawing.    Waud came at 11, sick.
He takes sickness as twere a personal wrong, bearing it with
extreme ferocity.   Staying till 2, he then returned to his
boarding house, to lay up.    /          I dined, then with many
drawings on wood to Wells & Webbs, thence to Strongs,
anon to Picayune Office.     To the Engravers in Fulton Street.
Brightly, Holcomb & Leslie there.    /    Bought Montaigne.
Return to room, supped at Sweeney s, thence to Canal
Street, bootmakers,  thence to Bowery.   Down Chatham
Street, called at Royals, sat with him and two good-
humored but marvellously prosy Englishmen then till 10 or so.
To Fulton Street, finding Brightly at work on my drawing, 
then room & bed.
  20.  Sunday.  Brown (alias Damoreau) came.     At
Erford s where I fed, then together for a days ramble,
Staten-Islanding.    A lovely day, summer anticipated, 
warm sun, cloudless tranquil sky & quiet everywhere.
Arrived at the Island, called at Swinton s, and with
him & brother accompanying, took a long walk coasting
(or near it)  the island to the Old Fort.    The building
dismantled now,  but egress and ingress forbidden it being
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and seventy
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with Charles Damoreau.
Date:1853-03-18
Subject:Books and reading; Brightly; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holcomb; Leisure; Leslie; Royal, Frank; Strong, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Chatham Street; Fulton 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.