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!
26. Saturday. Stove pipe moving, grate-unfixing, table
|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.|
|Subject:||Boardinghouses; Collinson, Bill; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Moving; Muir, Hugh; Songs|
|Coverage (City/State):||Jersey [City, New Jersey]|
|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.|