1. Saturday. Lithographing Mose . In the evening with Wing
and Sandy to Mitchell s Olympic. Divers operatic burlesques. The best
Wigans Jenny Lind (of Lyceum production). A Miss Mary Taylor the
main prop of each piece, a clever actress and singer. The other
pieces incomprehensible shows to set on a parcel of barran spectators to laugh.
2. Sunday. In the afternoon crossed for the purpose of visiting
Christopher Street, and spite of hail storm did so; calling on Joe
and Duane Square by the way. Says he s ill, swelled face, liver out
of order (!) &c too cold to stir out &c. Left him and on to Mr Great-
batchs. Tea. During the evening talk of Mr. Alcock, Mr. G s employer.
I am, I think wrong in thinking them chilly in their reception of me, tis
but reserve, and natural to him. Left at 9, and walk Jersey-
wards, through a pouring, pitiless hail storm, street-pavement slippery as
grass, lamps few and far between, and few humans about. Ferry boat and
red hot stove.
3. Monday. Mose all day. Grievously plagued by a tooth insisting
on making its appearance at this unseasonable period of life. Head ache,
gum throbbing, knife thrusting. Snow, wind, rain, hail out of doors.
Wing talks of migrating in a day or two if nothing turns up . Writing to Bout-
cher in the Evening, Wing been at New York, theatricalizing and there-
anent. Oh God why have I no letter from Mary?
4 Tuesday. Went to the Post Office, sent off letter to Boutcher.
|Title:||Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty|
|Description:||Discusses seeing a burlesque and visiting Joe and the Greatbatches.|
|Subject:||Alcock; Bilton, Mary; Boutcher, William; Burlesque (Theater); Greatbatch, Fred (Bristol); Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Sandy; Taylor, Mary B.; Theater; Wing, Jabez|
|Coverage (City/State):||[New York, New York]; Jersey [City, New Jersey]|
|Coverage (Street):||Christopher Street|
|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.|