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6.  Saturday. Heaven s windows opened, and drenching
rain pouring therefrom sans pity.    Through it down town, after
breakfasting at Sweeney s.       At the  Daily Times  Office. Wilson
there, asked me when I start for Mackinac, spoke of the
voyage around lake Superior to take place from Detroit, steam
boat excursion of pleasure, ten days or more, traversing 1000 miles
and exploring places where paddle-wheel has never yet ruffled water.
Spots notable in travellers stories, Picture Rocks, Copper Regions,
Iron Mountains, Thunder Cape ad Islands.     Finally pro-
posed that I should go as Times Correspondent! Hurrah!
So I am to see Raymond about it on Monday, if he coin-
cides, I go.       Thrice blessed be the notion I had of writing certain
picturesque Catskill letters for the Times !     /        To Picayune,
then Wells & Webbs.    Returned with a monstrous heap of box-
wood, and got drenched throughout.      Room, and work, dining
at Erford s as usual, and meeting Negle there.    Drawing hard.
Waud up once.    Whytal came at 6, and soon gan talk about
Lotty.    He has left her, and he says, finally.    He ran
into a long statement touching it.     Firstly about money matters,
that since he d been in New York he d been at heavy expenses,
had to pay off some $200 of debt, which he had effected. That
paying nurse to tend on the child its mother would not cost $15
a month.      That Lotty s demands for money were very frequent,
but never refused if he had it.      That she did no wife s duty,
linen unmended and shirt-buttons having to be sewn on by
him.    That he had no home, and no wife, for of an
evening she would be card-playing or entertaining visitors.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page forty-one
Description:Describes receiving an assignment as correspondent for ''The New York Times,'' and learning that John Whytal has decided to leave his wife, Lotty.
Date:1853-08-06
Subject:Bridget; Great Lakes (North America); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Marriage; Nagle, James P. (Watt); New York times.; Raymond, Henry J.; Travel; Waud, Alfred; Whytal, John; Whytal, Jr.; Wilson (editor); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.