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all boarded up.   Tree tops and herbage seen within. A
fine unmolested place for snakes I d fancy.        A Telegraph
station near on the heights, below us the commencement of another
fort.       Brown & Swinton commenced stone throwing awhile.
Returned & aboard ferry-boat by 6, meeting Leslie there. /
To New York, fed, then to my room.        Reading together.
Montaigne, Browning & wife & Motherwell.
  21.  Monday.   A June day misplaced.    Drawing, with
open windows, sunlight streaming in & balmy summer air.
Down town by 3, thence after leaving drawings at Picayune
Office, called at Strongs & got $18.   To the South Ferry
with some thought of proceeding to Fort Hamilton, there to call
on Creecy, but only crossed to Brooklyn, made a call,
& returned to go to Burtons, seeing the  Merry Wives of 
Windsor  indifferently well marred.    Costumes good.   Ben
Haun the check taker there.    Took him and another out at
the close & had oyster supper.s
  22.  Tuesday.  Drawing; down town.   Evening with
Waud to Mignon s Gymnasium, Crosby Street, which we purport
joining.     Fellows there doing Amusing Calisthenics.   Leaving
at 9 or so, I called at Mr Greatbatchs.   Their little boy
Will is sick & dangerously so.
  23. Wednesday.  Drawing.   Down town, Picayune Office,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and seventy-one
Description:Describes a visit to Staten Island with Charles Damoreau.
Date:1853-03-20
Subject:Books and reading; Creecey; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Drawing; Food; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Will; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gymnasiums; Haun, Ben; Leisure; Leslie; Strong, Thomas; Swinton, Alfred; Theater; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Crosby 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.