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one afternoon hither and thither.   Dog out with me,
nearly always.    One sunny afternoon to the Battery,
where I met Waud & Damoreau, who had there rested
after a half days search for a boarding-house, the which they
found in Warren Street.  All supped together, then Waud
& I to the Gymnasium, joining Brown at the house afterwards
where he was writing to his Italian donzella.       The
weather all the week alternately sunny & delectable, or dis-
mally wet.  Thunder storm on Thursday evening.
  23. Saturday.  Drawing. Made acquaintance with a neigh-
bouring room-occupant and his boy.    Stout short English-looking
American, hath been experimenting during the preceeding four
months,   creating thereby damnable smells as I can bear testi-
mony.    Dipping hams, potatoes, edibles of all sorts in a
liquid preparation of Gutta-percha, thereby coating them, & her
metically sealing them from the air for any length of time. His
boy in and out all the morning.       Will Kidder came. /
Dined at 2, as wont, then down town, with dog, Picayune
Office,  Post Office,  Engravers cock loft in Fulton Street, then
to the sunny Battery and there read for three hours
or so,   Bleak House, the current number, & divers
 Punchs  &  Examiners .     Dog disporting herself to any
extent.          Return.    To Franklin Street, where I found
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and eighty-six
Description:Mentions meeting a neighbor who experiments with hermetically sealing food.
Date:1853-04-22
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Dogs; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Will; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Franklin Street; Fulton Street; Warren 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.