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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 217, December 11-14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04132334

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 217, December 11-14, 1853

Description: Regarding the fire which has burned down the Harper's building.


handed to one of the firm, what a rueful interest he’d have had in it! Yet it all lay quietly hidden in that Saturday afternoon, To Be. A plumber pitches a match with a pan of ca camphene, and lo — the result. He [words crossed out] I wonder how few men speculate on where the tree grows which will accommodate them with coffin-planks. Far away perhaps, yet they’ll get together in due time. What sort of a room shall I die in? Maybe, some one will read this, who’ll — know. I know not that, however. / Parking with the twain [Alfred] Waud & [Joseph] Brightly on their way up town, to visit Darley, I went to my room [290 Broadway], and had been there but few moments when [Frank] Royal & Bush came. They live 488, 8th Avenue, whither I accompanyed them in the cars, supped, and stayed the evening, talking of my journeyings & a plan of building a house, which Royal has at Fordham. Left at 10, care, called at Beach Street, and heard, well content thereat that Mrs K [Rebecca Kidder] was invisible, so home to [Thomas] Carlyle on Doctor Johnson, and bed.

12. Monday. Drawing busily. After dinner, up to [William] Levison, to show him cuts. Return. Writing all the Reading [Nathaniel] Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter” all the evening, [Frank] Hillard having lent it me, calling this morning. A book of marvellous power, and intensity.

13. Tuesday. Down to the Picayune Office. Returning, drew hard all day. Hillard called and sat an hour or twain in the morning, [Alfred] Waud in the evening. I visiting till half an hour past midnight, to [William] Boutcher.

14. Wednesday. Up town to Levison, where I met Alcock. Down town to [Edwin] Weeds, Picayune Office, [Richard] Hutchings &c. Dined,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-12-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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