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aperient to superfluous braggadocio.  English nationality is internal
till provoked by bombast.       Evening drawing. Hughie violinizing
;   he s a kindly-hearted fellow;   with less than the average of
the all-potent devil Self in his composition.
  24. Thursday.  All the weary day packing, books, drawings, clo-
thes and other of civilization s nuisances.        Sitting matagrabo
-lized and melancholic in the evening,   sore throar and motley-
hued musings of Past and Present   not Carlyle s but mine
own. Mine own   mine own   mine own   Oh my
God, Mary   hope is rotting piecemeal. Accursed, deathly
horrible word Never   I half think I know its meaning.
  25. Friday.  Leaden headed, lazy fingered drawing.  Mose. 
More talk of steam rivalry.     A somber-thoughted walk about
Jersey in the rear of the afternoon.     Evening, jug of cyder-brandy
punch, vocalizing with Hughie and Collinson, in honor of my depar-
ture on the morrow
	 If a man should be drunk to night
	     And dead in his grace to morrow  
	Will you, or any man say
	     That he died of care and sorrow!
	Then hang up all sorrow and care
	     Says did Sir Simon the King! 
							To Holts
  26. Saturday.   Stove pipe moving, grate-unfixing, table
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page seventy-eight
Description:Comments on packing and drinking with Hugh Muir and Bill Collinson in honor of his last night in his boarding house in Jersey City.
Date:1850-01-23
Subject:Boardinghouses; Collinson, Bill; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Moving; Muir, Hugh; Songs
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.