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came the above confirmation.
  Off for a Jersey ramble along the Hudson with
Haney.  A mighty pleasant time though a dull day.
Built a fire among the rocks on the margin of the
river.      Dined at Weehawken at a German tavern,
returning by steamboat by 5 or so in the afternoon.
To Chapin s and to Edwards  in the evening.
  11.  Monday.  Going down-town in the afternoon,
a dull one, after rain, Hitchings got out of an
omnibus to join me, with the information that he
is about to start on an expedition to the Rocky
Mountains.   He goes to take photographs, stereoscopes
&c, in company with a troup of fifty, on a govern-
ment survey, commanded by a Colonel Landor.
Two artist friends are of the party.     All sorts of
wishes I were of it, too.     About with him, I ma-
king call at the Omnibus Office.   With him to get
photographic materials, colors &c.     Went to 12th Street
in the evening, with Hitchings and Oliver Hillard
out for ale in the 6th Avenue.     Rainy night.
  12.  Tuesday.   Down town (after Phonography as
usual.)  To Omnibus office, got paid, met Picton at
John Pyne s bookshop, with him to Rainbow for ale.
He chaffering with Roberts anent buying into Constella-
tion, put him up to state of things.     To Constellation
Office.   Rosenberg & Roberts.  Didn t get any money
from latter. (He s let the front-part of the office  
economy the order of the day.    I don t think the paper
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and seventy-seven
Description:Mentions meeting Hitchings and learning that he is about to go on an expedition to the Rocky Mountains to take photographs for a government survey commanded by Colonel Landor.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Hillard, Oliver; Hitchings; Landor, Colonel; Picton, Thomas; Roberts, George; Rosenberg
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):6th Avenue; 12th Street
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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-one 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.