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then its advocate disclosed to myself and a stout Englishman
a certain projected  System  wherewith to destroy monopoly of
riches, making land the basis of property. Warm hearted
but impracticable philantrophists are these men   men can
not and will not classify like beavers   the aristocrat of
Intellect will be paid better and have, and satisfy more wants
than the hewer of wood and drawer of water.  But most assur-
edly ere the present Century be ended, wondrously greater will
be man s knowledge and consequently power.  None but dolts who
pride themselves in not seeing beyond their noses can doubt that
as Earth and Water have yielded and become Man s holds so will
Air, and be navigated likewise.  What of the spirit may not
Mesmerism yet unfold?    We have got bits of the chain   cannot
connect and link the science   have a confused medley   old and
new. But then
	 Think Father   May not Heaven
	     Be thus common earth full-grown?
	Think   Are not signals given
	     Of it s [voyage?], well nigh flown   ?
/  Drawing till Evening, only going out for a few minutes
in the afternoon.           Then writing till near midnight,
in reply to Mine Own, Only love.  /
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-three
Description:Discusses conversations he had with his fellow boarders at his Duane Street boarding house.
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Religion; Science and civilization
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
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-two 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.