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February.
  1. Friday.  Mose , and that not so industriously as ^|in| the
other days.   In the evening, April-like afternoon went to the
Post Office with letter for M.   And returning called in at Warren
Butlers, but did not find him.
  2. Saturday.  Mose . Evening, a dreary walk about
divers dirty, disreputable-looking streets hereabouts.
  3. Sunday.  Reading, Shelley, Smollett and the Vicar
of Wakefield. Fire lit, relit and extinct perseveringly.   Night,
a walk to Christopher Street:  Joe there, having returned on
Monday last.  Says he s weak, rheumatic, limbs swelled &c.
  4. Monday.  Mose ,   Busy as a fiend all day, spite of
head ache, indigestion and legions of blue devils. /   Can t forgive
that abominable bell down at airs.  When too dusk to draw, I had
lain down on bed, sombre musing, the heat of the fire sent me to
the land of dreams.   I had returned   had my arms round her waist
and was speaking   when  Jangle! Jangle, crash! smash   smash! 
  bell ringing for supper! 	       Which did this dream issue from  
the Ivory & Horn gate?       /       Remained indoors till 8, ex
pecting Collinsin and Hughie, then went to the Clinton Hall.
Park Godwin on Goethe   A careful, though somewhat condensed
analyas of Wilhelm Meister and the Faust.   Of the latter
the complete whole of First and Second parts ably manifested.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-four
Description:Discusses his work and attending a lecture on ''Faust.''
Date:1850-02-01
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Butler, Warren; Collinson, Bill; Dreams; Godwin, Park; Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Lectures and lecturing; Muir, Hugh
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Christopher Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.