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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 98, April 1-5, 1850

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Identifier: DX09312665

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 98, April 1-5, 1850

Description: Mentions finishing work on Mose among the Britishers and reading works by Percy Bysshe Shelley.


lition, Currency — Bah! Stroll about Broadway.

2. Tuesday. “Mose [among the Britishers]” all day, and evening. [Dillon] Mapother with me during the latter. / I don’t like the snuffling boarding-house mistress [Mary Holt] at all, “at all.” Fat people, if not (as they ought to be), good humoured, are generally hatefully mean and selfish.

3. Wednesday. “Mose” all day

4. Thursday. At length my long job completed. Carpentering, box preparing all the afternoon. Too late to send them off today.

5. Friday. Got the box transferred to Pier No 1; then took a moody melancholic walk on the Battery, thinking what in God’s name I shall do if [Abraham] Hart does not pay me. Called on Bobbett and Edmonds, then looked in on Hardin Andrews, who speaks of calling on me to morrow. Sitting in the spitting room all the afternoon, in company with old Mr. Kent. A man advanced in years must feel the loss of home-comforts — and this wretched boarding-home life — if possible more than I do. / This blistering snowy night, taking out [Percy Bysshe] Shelley, and looking into this the wondrous, greatest work of his great mind — the Prometheus, was impressed by the lines

“Ere Babylon was dust

The Magus Zoroaster, my dead child

Met his own image walking in the garden.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-04-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading
Working class women
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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