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Drawing during the afternoon & till 9. Waud with me. A
walk together to the Battery,  Erford s subsequently.  Then
parting, he to room & bed,  I to latter & book.
  14.  Thursday.  Down town .   All Broadway astir, folk
margining the side-walks awaiting the approach of President Franklin
Pierce, hither coming to open the Crystal Palace.        Returned
to room, Waud drawing in Swinton s.      Dillon called, down-stairs
most part of the time.       I saw the procession & President from
my window.      Rain storm set in immediately afterwards.     Dined
at Erfords.      An idle day, did naught, save read and doze.
Since my return from Catskill I ve been under the influence of ill-
temper.   It always requires a day or so to reconcile you to town life.
I m ill-tempered, and no more the same mortal that was so happy
every way last week than  .     I feel despondent, irritable &
stupid, inclined to depreciate everything.    All of which is small &
unmanly I know.          /                    Here s Charley Brown s
Italian widow come on from Boston,   to become his wife.  Waud
says she s ugly and distrustful-looking.   He saw her at the boarding-
house table this morning.                                  I ve just been
out to Erfords, 11 o clock, met Brown imbibing solitarily
there.  Young Etting came in also.   I walked to Vesey Street
with Brown, then feeling excessively wide-awake, strolled on,
& about New York.        A walk down the length of Church
Street, past midnight.    City live in its viler aspects.     Flaring
lights behind the green blinds at windows, noise of music, of oaths,
of discordant yelling laughter, fat tawdry dressed harlots with
blasphemy on tongue; knots of ill looking fellows loitering before the
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page twenty-three
Description:Mentions a procession for Franklin Pierce, who has come to New York to open the Crystal Palace, and the arrival of Charley Brown's fiancee in New York.
Subject:Crystal Palace (New York, N.Y.) ; Damoreau, Beatrice (Prideaux); Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Parades; Pierce, Franklin; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Church Street; Vesey Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
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.