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Identifier: DX01035371

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 150, August 4-7, 1851

Description: Describes placing a fake advertisement for boarders in the New York Sun under Mrs. Paterson's name.


prepaired to resieve borders, Gurman and Irish Emygrants, at the rate of $1.50/100 pur head.” This we dispatched with money to the New York Sun Office, for insertion on the morrow. The like to also appear in a Brooklyn paper. The old lady [Mrs. Paterson] will be frantic at the outrage, and applicants. To the Brooklyn reading Institution, Dunsiere, his wife, Fagan & self where we heard a concert by children. I detest the cupidity of these who create this precocity in children, its sheer brutality.

5. Tuesday. Sent off letter for home with multitudinous newspapers. Saw the advertisement, albeit the yankee disciple of Caxton held too much reverence for Doctor [Samuel] Johnson & [Daniel] Webster to preserve my orthography. At the Office all day. Evening called at [168] Duane Street, and out for an hour or so with Mr [Henry] Hart & Dillon [Mapother]. Parting with them & Leonard Street corner; sate up writing letter to Alf [Waud] till 1.

6. Wednesday. Left Mr [Joseph] Richardson’s picture at his place. (He and spouse [Sarah Richardson] fast abed and asleep at 1/2 past 8, the gloriousexilarating morning Sun bright outside, and all the world astir.) To Wall Street, there all alone, as J B Holmes & Gleason were off surveying. Mr Hart & Dillon called, and at 1, I having completed landscape the second, left key in possession of Messrs “Dunup & Squirmer” and went out with them. Finished my sketch of the Broadway block, while Dillon took another. After dinner, to Duane Street, where we all three worked till 6, drawing out our sketches, for canvassing an Illustrated Broadway Directory. Evening, this present, went to Dobs [177 Canal St] for old things and busy enow. Sent a “Sun” to the old lady at [222] Washington St, with advertisement marked, this morning. Met Donovan & Scorpionic Mearson yesterday, who told me that [Hardin] Andrews was editing the Reveille. (Wrote till past midnight “Batch of Ghost Stories”)

7. Thursday. At Duane Street all the morning, drawing out from the sketch the block in Broadway; Mr Hart drawing also, Dillon lazy and splenetic. After noon the rain storm ceasing again to Duane Street, and out with Mr Hart, to Pearl Street lithographers. Left him & called at Holmes’. Learnt the result of the adver-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-08-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Personals
19th century
Practical jokes


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