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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 194, April 22-23, 1859

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Identifier: DX03350685

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 194, April 22-23, 1859

Description: Regarding his frustration at not being paid for his work.


[oppo]site room and I am going to have a pipe and a read at Southey's "Doctor."

23. Saturday. Down town, meeting Bob Gun by the way. To Omnibus office, Britton not in. To Harper's, saw Nordhoff, [John] Bonner & "the Major," (The second alluded to a bit of chaff I put in anent the paper in a "Restaurant" article.) Sketch for "cawicachaw" accepted. To Post-Office, [Thomas W.] Strongs &c, then to Omnibus again. There till 2, vainly waiting for Britton, the day wet and miserably. Rode up town, dined and down again. Another hour and a half's miserable waiting — no Britton, consequently no money. Got so nervous and irritated at the waste of time, mortification &c, that Adrian, the engraver, whom I wanted to pay (chafing only at not being able to) who met me in the street instead of adding to it by dunning me proposed a glass of ale. Up town again, by omnibus. Rain, room, rain. A wretched, humiliating day of it. Did something however; in the evening. Will the day ever, ever come when I shall remember this poverty as permanently bye-gone? ——

Yet how many are there in this city ten times worse off than I. Women, too, who are always miserably paid; who make less in a week than I for a morning’s work — sometimes. Rawson [Gill] up in my room, nearly all day. I don't think I have ever put down any details as to his antecendent. His father, Gill, was a Manchester man who married a wife [Elizabeth Gouverneur] of half his age, contrary to his relations' wishes. Hence he came to America.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-22

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Artists
Working class women


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