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ed the upper hand over that unfortunate man.   How they drank his wine
concerning which he was at great pains to have it generally believed that the
bottles containing it were empty ones.  How they filled them with beer, tea
and other dissimilarities.       How Master Will goes to the Office but when
he likes and thats not often, and how, after any lengthened absence, (such
as that of a month or so), he ringeth the bell furiously and belloweth as an
injured individual, growling greatly.   How when Danthorne goeth into the
country as is still his want, clerks and pupils close the office for some weeks.
How a telegraphic bit of paper in the window signalleth what they wish 
to communicate with  pals  outside; for the purpose of the availability of
boxing, drinking &c.   How another pupil hath had his articles cancelled,
and how his father  pensioned him off  inasmuch as he must needs keep as
mistress a bargee s daughter.	            Of this same brother of Danthorn s
pupil; how he had been at work on divers panoramas.  How he had
walked from Oxford to London with three halfpence in pocket.   Lastly how
he was here in New York with two dollars, and mightily confident at
that.             The characteristics of this Rising generation are unbounded
Impudence, perfect irrespect of every thing human or dwarf (,especially
such antiquated notions as parental authority &c), and actual extreme
smartness and able-to-take-care-of-oneself-itiveness.               Gave him
supper; out with him, called at Holts; left him at Liberty Street.
At Mr Richardsons new place.   He, his wife, Mr Hart, Dillon
and Mr and Mrs Lacooney, two Holtein boarders, the latter a
very handsome, dark haired Americaine.   Talk, comic and otherwise,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and seventy-eight
Description:Describes stories told by Alf Waud of the antics of the young clerks at Danthorn's office in London.
Date:1850-10-06
Subject:Danthorn; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Lacooney; Lacooney, Mrs.; Mapother, Dillon; Practical jokes; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; [London, England]
Coverage (Street):Liberty 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.