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nal disarrangements.    /      To Mr Greatbatch s & there all
day till 8 or so in the evening.           A letter from
home, my Mother & Rosa, writing.  Also one from Boutcher,
dated from the Tyrol.     /         Joe has forwarded another letter
from Australia.      Tried a weeks digging at the mines, hard
navy s work, blinding sun and choking dust, and intolerable
flies.       Was sick, couldn t stand it, back to Melbourne and
carpenters work; building frame house, getting  1 a day,
paying about  2 expenses ^|weekly|.  Talks discouragingly about Aus-
tralia.     /             Home letters mention John Bolton; George s
younger brother getting married.  The first time I recall to mind
seeing him, he was a big boy in a long pinafore, with a 
face as brown as a gipsy, round and good humored withal.)
     Walked to Beach Street, feeling very sick and weak.
Talk with Mrs K awhile,  and with Lotty all the
rest of the evening, till 11.       Seeing I was ill, she
was very kind. 
     She would fain have had me stay there
and be nursed awhile,  on a stray suggestion of her mother s
to that effect.      I lay on the sofa, and she sate on a
little stool beside me.     Poor fellow!  said she, her
hand on my head,  he s sick!         And again  I
don t like to think of you sick in that room, and nobody
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Mentions Joe Greatbatch's displeasure with Australia.
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, John; Boutcher, William; Children; Clothing and dress; Diseases; Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Marriage; Mining; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Melbourne, Australia
Coverage (Street):Beach 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.