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money checked the defendant s plea.       My heart sickened
at the thought of this to any sensitive mind. 
[word crossed out].  Poverty is a serious and
most wretched thing    a great ail, and pampored Ignorance
alone can deny it.
  14. Thursday. Drawing on paper   unwell   loafing. 
  15. Friday.   Afternoon to Warren Butler s   I didn t get paid  
then to Schnieders in Bowery.    Chill, driving windy day.
Evening, gossip, Chaucerian reading with a Mr James Brown, who 
has just left the room, now.  Must check tendency to this, keeping
approbativeness down   Besides Book-information is here, all exported  
nothing im ported.  Papers, and a letter from Boutcher. (My birthday)
  16. Saturday. Work till Evening, then crossed to Jersey
and Boot-shop.  Old Collinson. (Hughie away home for the morrow.)
Divers glasses of ale and port-wine with Orenford Chrispin, then
returned to New York.
  17. Sunday.  Crossed to Jersey, and called at York Street for 
Collinson, designing a walk.  He already started.  So alone along
the rail-road up to Bergen. Long spearlike Icicles depending from the
rocks, dripping water; clear, sunny, chill day.  Back to York
by dinner time.    Reading and dozing subsequently.  Fred and Edward
came, and left. /  Read in Police Gazette that Hawkins has got
thirty days imprisonment. Serve him right. / 	  Evening, in
the sitting room with Brown, Martin and others.   Latter gives
insight into Slavery position.  Anticipates that the Free-soil party
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-nine
Description:Mentions visiting Collinson in Jersey City and having a conversation with James [Charles] Brown and Martin, who live in his new boarding house.
Date:1850-02-13
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Brown, James; Butler, Warren; Collinson, Bill; Crispin, Orenford; reatbatch, Edward (Bristol); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hawkins; Martin; Muir, Hugh; Poverty; Slavery; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Jersey [City, New Jersey]; New York, [New York]
Coverage (Street):York 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.