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the former, (recently purchased from Swinton) cruising about
on the North River.       Called for Dillon in Jersey City,
and then rowing or sailing about till 9.    Erford s subsequently.
  11.  Saturday.   Drawing, and down town &c.  Evening
While sitting at work in the morning comes Mrs Kidder,
and to borrow money till next month.   Lent $20.       
Gymnasium, and returning called in at Erford s; and found
Dillon,  Waud,  Damoreau,  Kelly &   Mr Hart!
He had arrived from Chicago, that day.      Sate talking till
11 1/2 & I walked to Jersey Ferry with them.
  12. Sunday.  Mr Hart came at 11.  Walked down town
together, & to the Battery, thence I crossed with to
Jersey & dined & stayed the rest of the day with him
& Dillon.     They live at a pleasant place.   Hart
& Dillon played chess awhile after dinner,  I sat at open
window smoking and gazing luxuriously from the tall house
top out on New York, in all the glory of a summer s
sabbath afternoon.       An Ocean steamer arrived.        At 7
or so came Waud;    he & Damoreau, the latters  sister &
brother had been cruising about in the boat all day; & now
came for Dillon.            Hart and I crossed to New York
by ferry boat,  and attracted by the sight of a great fire
in Brooklyn, walked to the Battery to see it.  It was
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and sixteen
Description:Mentions lending Mrs. Kidder $20.
Date:1853-06-10
Subject:Brown, Emma; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fires; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kelly; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mapother, Dillon; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Chicago, [Illinois]
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.