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first love, ambition, the bliss of loving, with the final
 And it has come to thus    		But I should say 
that it is more often done in a moment of excitement, not thought-
fully. 	/	Joe and George calling in the Evening 
went out with them. Bagatelle and whist at tavern kept 
by an Englishman.
  27. Friday. New York. Childs unwell. Saw his ill-looking 
and ill mannered partner Jocelyn. Half an hour at Bobbett and 
Edmonds, then a call on Stringer. 	Decisions as to  Mose  and 
the Railway trip postponed to Next Week. [words crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[words crossed out]  		A walk with George about the 
Waterside, in the Evening. 	If I augur aright he ll return 
home ere three months has passed.
  28. Saturday. Called twice at Childs  in the morning; 
he out both times. 	A call at Robert Roberts. He out of town.
Talk with his man. 		Another unsuccessful call at Childs 
in the afternoon. 	Returned blue devilled, head-hanging down, 
snarl-faced, and thinking that I ought not to finding getting
up fortune s ladder so difficult. 	Evening looked in 
at the Pork Store. 	Plenty of musquittoes and but com-
paratively few customers. 	Mr. Greatbatch called there.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ten
Description:Continues his thoughts on suicide. Comments on pursuing work with local publishers and his frustration with the difficulties of ''getting up fortune's ladder.''
Date:1849-07-26
Subject:Bolton, George; Childs; Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jocelyn; Publishers and publishing; Roberts, Robert; Stringer; Suicide
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
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.