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Drawing all day   till 11 at night. Industry and
indigestion to the greatest possible extent.
  10. Sunday. Afternoon Fred and Edward came.  Out with them
to the scene of a recent explosion, nigh the Bowery   some 90 lives lost.
Narrow lane, crowds of people, piles of brick and timber, house down.
/  Up Broadway with the boys.  Christopher Street.  Mr Greatbatch
[unclear word]   foot festered.   There till 9, then return to Duane.
  {11. Monday.     Mose  each day, sans pause till past 10 at night.
  12. Tuesday.}    Unwell, irritable, melancholic, misanthropic. /
Here s a bit of a gestative philosophy   Never knew a good-humored
healthy-minded fellow   (a Pantagruelist in short)   who liked meat
when over-cooked. This I believe in.   /     This day, or rather
night finished Stone 2.  Have drawn four double-drawings during
the last fortnight   litho-work too.
  13. Wednesday.  Getting a box made, and the two stories into it;
a car man to take it down to the Pier. Weary, weary, porter s work.
That done rambled on to the Battery, and there met Herr Rothschild
of Wenham reminiscences, and a companion of his.  Rambled back to
the Park in company with them.   An  Indignation  meeting of the
New York Newsboys there.    Rothschild and crony left.   I met
Garrison and Moore, the two printers I had seen employed on the  Empire
City.  ( Hawkins condemned to thirty days imprisonment.) 	Joe
having lent me Marryat s  Little Savage , its perusal set me on
reading Robinson Crusoe   (of which it is but a plagiarism adapted
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-seven
Description:Mentions visiting the site of a recent explosion and witnessing an ''Indignation'' meeting of the New York Newsboys.
Date:1850-02-09
Subject:Books and reading; Drawing; Explosions; Garrison; Greatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Moore; Rothschild
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Christopher Street; Duane 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.