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I would I had thy power of brain.   By Jove the
Thunderer  the world will be swindled if I don t get
time to work up the raw material of what I ve seen in
the way of character into a book.       Have I got it
in me, and will it ever come out?
  14.  Tuesday.   Forgot to put down yesterday that Waud
went off for Troy.   Came up at 11,   got to go on by 1,
sketch scene of railroad accident for the  News , wanted
some money.   So I lent him $10, and off he went with
his accustomed good-spirits and don t-care-a-d__ nativeness 
 bout anything.     There s less cant
and humbug,  in him than I have
found in any mortal else o this side of the water.   
       Boutcher s another
hard bit of Manhood, who abhors shams and such  
rot from the very kernel of his soul!      It would be
something to grip his hand again.     /        Drawing till
2, doing three Picayune things.    Kelly called; and at
dinner time, Mr Hart,  and together, we two dined
at Erfords.        Down town with him,   Wall Street, Post
Office & Fulton.       Bunnell & Prices, Wells & Webb &c.
Parted at 4,   I to room    & work again.  Kelly
came,  to find Hart,  & left.       Evening to Gymnasium,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and nineteen
Description:Comment's on Alfred Waud's nature being similar to William Boutcher's.
Date:1853-06-13
Subject:Boutcher, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kelly; Railroad; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Troy, [New York]
Coverage (Street):Wall Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.