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the last act of a sort of melodrame yclep d Civilization, (annexed
from Voltaire,)    & the  Merry Monarch.    Talk with Ben
Haun, then to bed
  29.  Friday.     Drawing till afternoon.    To Cliff Street,
& got home-parcel.  To Post Office, then to room.   Reading
home letters.      A book on angling, with M S comments by
Leigh Hunt, some four or five useful, home-made knick-
nacks & letters.    Very happy they made me for this
day.     Long letter from Boutcher in Italy.        To the
Gymnasium.  Waud not there.   Carroll there.  To Erford s,
where Waud & Damoreau came anon.
  30 29. Saturday.  Drawing.  Out by 1.   To Lantern
Office,   Talk with Brougham, chaffing Levy touching the
price of one of his cuts.  To Times Office, twice,  saw
Raymond, the Editor, got $7. 50 for article.    With
Charles, ( Reveille  proprieter,) John Savage, (Irish patriot
heretofore,  &  Democratic Review  slasher, & clever fellow,)
& Welden to drink.      Parting, Welden joined me at
Erfords.         Evening at a Book Sale in Park Row, buying
books for Welden & Wilson,   Times Editor  No 2.  in 
place of Theatre going as I had intended.      Gymnasium after-
wards.    A nigger playing banjo & singing there, very pic-
turesque scene in the dressing room,  fellows with muscular
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Mentions going to the theater.
Subject:Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Brougham, John; Carroll; Charles; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Gymnasium; Haun, Ben; Hunt, Leigh; Irish; Levy; New York times.; Publishers and publishing; Raymond, Henry J.; Savage, John; Theater; Waud, Alfred; Welden, Charles; Wilson (editor)
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Cliff Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.