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lition, Currency   Bah!	Stroll about Broadway.
  2. Tuesday.  Mose  all day, and evening. Mapother with
me during the latter.	     /	     I don t like the snuffling
boarding-house mistress at all,  at all.   Fat people, if not (as they
ought to be), good humoured, are generally hatefully mean and
selfish.
  3. Wednesday.  Mose  all day
  4. Thursday.   At length my long job completed. Carpen-
tering, box preparing all the afternoon. Too late to send them off
to day.
  5. Friday.  Got the box transferred to Pier No 1; then took a 
moody melancholic walk on the Battery, thinking what in God s name
I shall do if Hart does not pay me.           Called on Bobbett and 
Edmonds, then looked in on Hardin Andrews, who speaks of calling
on me to morrow.	      Sitting in the spitting room all the after-
noon, in company with old Mr. Kent.  A man advanced in years must
feel the loss of home-comforts   and this wretched boarding-home life
  if possible more than I do.		/           This blistering snowy
night, taking out Shelley, and looking into the wondrous, greatest
work of his great mind   the Prometheus, was impressed by the lines
			 Ere Babylon was dust
	The Magus Zoroaster, my dead child
	Met his own image walking in the garden.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page ninety-eight
Description:Mentions finishing work on ''Mose among the Britishers'' and reading works by Shelley.
Date:1850-04-01
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart (publisher); Kent; Mapother, Dillon; Poetry; Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
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.