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migrateth, being expedited out of door way by pedal ac-
celeration of John Haun, and justly.  Also  Ned  the
behind-left-by-Steamer, Steward.  Also an Irish widow, who
hath for some ten-days sojourned here.   Also (for a season) prin-
ter John Rankin; whom I, this morning witnessed at his profes-
sion avoations, in the office of the Jersey  Sentinel. 
  18. Tuesday.   Mose  till Evening.   A thousand, thousand,
thoughts of the dear face I am so far from. I have more love than
hope;   it is the reverse with her   so I judge.  Oh God, what
would I not give to hold her in my arms now!   How long   how
long   ?
  19. Wednesday.  Big poster all day.  Wrote to Joe in the eve-
ning.
  20. Thursday.  Mose  all day. Head-aching and irritability.
Evening, took out Quixote and read a little.  What a grave, kindly Shaks-
pere-like Spaniard was Cervantes.   How finely are the characters of the
poor Don and Sancho elaborated in the Second part. ( How well too, is the
scurrilous, plagiarizing, self-dubbed Avallaneda rebuked in its Preface.)
Page, soldier, scholar, poet, enslaved and mutilated in the service of his
country,   that country he loved and writ for,   Miguel de Cervantes, I
honour thee.  How well should I like to pilgrimage in the footsteps of
thy noble-hearted and not ridiculous hero.
  21. Friday.  Big poster, which I finished by 8 in the evening.  Then
feeling irritable, lonely, disgust with the four walls that have enclosed me
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page sixty-five
Description:Comments on ''Don Quixote,'' and expresses frustration that he has not yet received a letter from Mary.
Date:1849-12-17
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haun, John; Ned; Rankin, John
Coverage (City/State):[Jersey City, New Jersey]
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.