Lehigh University
The Vault at PfaffsAn Archive of Art and Literature by the Bohemians of Antebellum New York
[Previous Issue] Next Issue
Previous Page Next Page
0 matches
  1. Friday.  Mose  all day, from 8 till 10.
  2. Saturday. Called at Moore s and got MS returned.  Mose 
till sunset.   Evening, at 9 crossed to Jersey.  Hughie and Collinson at
the boot-store. (the latter about to emigrate Newark-wards.)
  3. Sunday. Snow and hail out of doors.   Writing letters home.
To my mother and Naomi. (Writing to a person is a sort of being with
them, mentally.)
  {4th. Monday to    Indoors, at work on  Mose .  Indigestion and im-
  9. Saturday}    patience at inability to work faster than s possible with the
ordinary number of hands.   Made acquaintance with a certain young Anglo-
West Indian, having a roving architecturalizing commision from an Office
at Philadelphia.  Much in my room   name Bridgens.    Also old
Mr. Kent the Bostonian. In my room reading  Burton.     Crossed over
to Jersey and Collinson s place of employ in the early part of the week
 levening), and again on Saturday night. previous to which, in
the sitting room, with Bridgens, Martin, Johns &c looking over a
series of exquisite lithographs   French churches, and Cooper s cattle
drawings.   /         Money waxing low, and irritably anxious to complete
 Mose  drawings therefore.   Dunned Butler for the owing $7 & didn t get it
  10. Sunday. Walk on the Battery with Bridgens in the afternoon,
fine sunny, breezy day.  Waves playing leapfrog, drenching incautious pe-
destrians.  Glorious sunset, all lines visible.       Walked to Chris-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ninety-three
Description:Mentions his work, meeting an Anglo-West Indian named Bridgens, and his unsuccessful attempt to get money owed to him from Warren Butler.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bridgens; Butler, Warren; Collinson, Bill; Drawing; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Johns; Lithography; Martin; Moore; Muir, Hugh
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Christopher Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


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.