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Walked down Bowery, and visited  Fancy Fair.  /	     Joe s
transparent-snobbisms   (harmless enough in all conscience)   set
me musing as to How Much I m a Humbug and how much of 
me is True.  Strict self-Analysation is a very surgical operation.  That s
a fine intense epithet of Shelleys   Self-Contempt   betterer to drink
than blood.     Common-place nature is free from both mental-pleasures
and miseries in extremes   in the former it rises but to sociality  (prosy
sociality)   in the latter sinks to  the dumps    (a very expressive term.)
Nota-Bene. Not to let my Approbativeness (Phrenologistic jargon that!)
get so much the upper hand in converse   haven t I enow whim-
whams and mental maggots of my own to squeeze out, but I must act as
Mote-puller-out to the other numskulls who won t take the trouble to do it
for themselves.  Nobodys worth the trouble of convincing ( common place
nobody)   who wont kill his own fleas.
  2. Thursday. Walk. Called at Ann St and saw Scorpionic Mearson.
At  Atlas  Office.  At Baden s-engraver.     Drawing and making pretense
of so doing all the rest of the day light.   Letter from Boutcher, dated 2nd
of last month.
  3. Friday.  At work on the Abbottoran design in company with Mapother.
Evening in my own company.
  4. Saturday.  Brief walk in Nassau St   then yesterday re-iter
ated.  On returning however I found Bridgens in my room   he
however soon quitted, and was off for Philadelphia. Will correspond.
 /   This same day did I first set foot in America, twelve-months
ago.  Much the same amount of the Mammon-devil had I in pocket, 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and nine
Description:Comments on the need for self-analyzing.
Date:1850-05-01
Subject:Badean; Boardinghouses; Boutcher, William; Bridgens; Drawing; Fairs; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Mapother, Dillon; Mearson
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]
Coverage (Street):Ann Street; Nassau Street
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.