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much.   Had indeed to take back that amount
of work which had been assigned to me, as not even
working myself into a brain fever could have comple-
ted it by the time required.                Everything but
work has gone to the wall.   Even Hannah s dear
letter remained unanswered for three weeks.  Yet
I never loved her better or to more practical
purpose.   I was putting my affection into endeavor,
as I well know.    A week ago I wrote to her.
		           /
  October 26.  Another gap, and for the
same reason.     Here s to secure some Items,
many having drifted past, irrecoverably.
  I have kept to my work steadily.  Sometimes
it proves rather exhaustive, sometimes I exult in
and enjoy it.   A rush down town, or a half-
evening s loafing is a great holiday.   I have contri-
ved to score up arrears of letters, to put aside
some $50 in bank, to indulge in sundry com-
fort-luxuries in the way of dress, to systemize
labor &c.     Only Phonography and Diary has
gone to the wall, the which I regret.   But
after a heavy day s work, sometimes running into
midnight, I can t attempt either.   So much
individually.  Now for others.   Let me go back
awhile.
  Some days, perhaps less, perhaps more than
a week after I dropped daily diarizing I got
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Regarding his writing work which has kept him from keeping up with his diary.
Date:1859-10-17
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; 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.