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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 101, April 12-15, 1850

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Identifier: DX09325607

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 101, April 12-15, 1850

Description: Mentions sketching New York literary celebrities and receiving his check from Abraham Hart for the Mose among the Britishers drawings.


to get sketches of the literary New York celebrities — a young Frenchman, en blouse, trim moustache and Parisian politeness. Got heads of Bennett &c from his exquisite grotesque statuettes — unquestionably the French have a fine eye for the ridiculous. An hour thus, then to Diedrich Knickerbocker’s favourite walk — the Battery. Drawing in the afternoon. And at night in a very agony of anxiety about money-matters.

13. Saturday. Drawing, and conversing with Mr. Johns, (the Egyptian Syriac and Turkish traveller) in the morning. Afternoon drawing in my dull room, when the nigger brings up a letter — the letter. Hand-shakes, heart beats, — letter opened. A check for the sum due and a polite and friendly letter. God bless that man [Abraham Hart] — “the Jew is indeed an excellent good Christian.” How can I pen my joy? /To Broadway — then to Wall Street — too late for the Banks. Evening out with [Henry] Hart and [Dillon] Mapother, to Book Auctions on Broadway — trashy jokes and fellows grinning at them. Whiskey and cigar. Saw a crowd of the returned firemen who’ve been on a visit to Baltimore. Band of music — the ‘B’hoys in their red-shirts and helmets, and their “gallus masheene,” by torch light.

14. Sunday. With Mr Hart to Trinity Church. Stained glass windows. Not at all in critical mood, but the sermon did not please me. It was clerical conservatism — all to the exaltation, and glorification of “the Church” — not what the Great Apostle meant by the word, but the veritable institution.”

15. Monday. To Wall Street, — cashed check. Call on [Warren] Butler. At work on title for “New York Porcupine” till 10 at night. Hardin Andrews called.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-04-12

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Fire fighters
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Banks and banking
Books and reading
Church buildings


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