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Extremely unwell, indigestion, calomel pill-taking, heavy of
heart and head   (all produced by want of exercise.)    A letter
from Wing   he at Fall River.       Read at cold time all the numbers
of Dickens    Copperfield,  leant to me by a young Irish Architect-in
training yclept Mapother here   (like Borsmaison in face.)  In and out
my room.      On Thursday morning, through the muddy, slushy streets
to dun Butler for the $7, which I didn t get.  And walking back, wet
up to the ancles,   boots being horribly leaky, could well understand the
ugly feeling of poverty.       Joe Greatbatch called on Saturday evening (for
a book. ) [words crossed out] 
!  
  31. Sunday.  Drawing in the morning.   Afternoon a pleasant, sunny
walk on the Battery.
          April.
  1. Monday.  Mose  till evening.  Terre! terre! I see land! 
At work on the last one now.        In the evening with Mapother to
the  Tabernacle.  Rechabite, or te-total festival. Singing and speech
ifying.  Strange is it what a very Bucephalus each man s hobby becomes
in his own eyes.  Nokes makes mouse-traps for a score of years, and by
that time gets a fixed idea that it is one of the highest, gravest and
important things in existence   that the Sun was pre-ordained and
created for the purpose of giving him light   (while making mouse-traps.)
So is it with each mental-mousetrap-manufacture   Temperance, Abo-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ninety-seven
Description:Mentions his work and going out with the Irish architect Dillon Mapother.
Date:1850-03-30
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Butler, Warren; Drawing; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Poverty; Temperance; Wing, Jabez
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Fall River, [Massachusetts]
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.