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Letters arrive from home, from my mother and Naomi.
Very anxious about Hart, as I ve but $6 in the world.
  9. Tuesday. Went to Bobbett and Edmonds.   Orr s   he
out.   A miserable walk on the Battery, though the day was bright
enough, the waves leaping and sparkling around.     In
the afternoon called at Andrews    then at Nassau St, and
in the old place on Morse, my former pupil, who was there.
Sat and talked together.    Very sad at heart when thinking
of how, more eagerly, I looked forward to success, that time, than
now.            To bed early, at night, so anxious and wretched
about not getting letter and money from Hart, that I cannot 
over-pen it.     God help me, if the man s not honest.
  10. Wednesday.   With Hart, (Mapother s  boss ) to the Supe-
rior Court City Hall. [words crossed out]. Evening, Hardin Andrews
and a be-cloaked friend of his ycleped the Doctor, call.   Up in my room
where  the Colonel  telleth of his purport to start a  Punch -like serial dub-
bed the  New York Picayune   and wisheth a design for cover.   Out with
them,   talk literary and national,   brandy, cigars and sherry sangarees.
  11. Thursday.  Finished letter for M, and wrote to Hart, telling him
I was approaching hard-upness.          Afternoon out to Post Office, with Hart
and Mapother, (which latter joined us at Jersey Ferry.)       I made a call
at Orr s.       Stroll on the Battery, then return.
  12. Friday.  Went to Garbelle s rooms in Broadway, wishing
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred
Description:Discusses his worry that Hart will not pay him for ''Mose among the Britishers'' and a conversation with Hardin Andrews about starting a new paper, ''The New York Porcupine.''
Subject:Andrews, Hardin; Bilton, Mary; Garbelle; Gunn, Naomi; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Hart (publisher); Mapother, Dillon; Morse; Orr; Publishers and publishing
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau 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.