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{15. Friday.     Mose  sans intermission. Indigestion and
  16. Saturday.}    irritable desire to get them done, and the $100,
to any amount. Intimacy with Bridgens increasing:   the fellow has
unquestionably talent artistic and architectural. Joe called on Saturday
[words crossed out]
  17. Sunday.  Drawing in the morning   against my will.  Not
that I think Deity hath put a vote against it, but that the one
day of seven should be devoted to ease and relaxation.   Bridgens 
present from the afternoon, downwards.    Talk i'the evening of
Parisian life, of Suicide, of hair-breadth  scapes from death in various
shapes   of which he hath experienced his share.   He has lived and
experienced much, and
	 An thy heart be as good as thy hand
	     Thou art better than Robyn Hood. 
He narrateth how he was drowned in the Loire. How again
in a West Indian river, his foot entangled in tree at the bottom,   how
nigh drifting out to the Spanish Main, in sailing boat; how the tide
came up drowning his horse, and not him.
  {18. Monday.     Mose  from 8 in the morn till 11 at night. Internal
  19. Tuesday.    corporeal commotions, head-aches, pill-taking,   wretched.
  20. Wednesday.}    Bridgens intermittingly present. On Wednesday he
leaves for Lowell and Boston, somewhat unexpectedly. Promises to cor-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ninety-five
Description:Discusses his friendship with Bridgens and their conversation about near-death escapes.
Subject:Bridgens; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.