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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 147, July 30-31, 1850

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Identifier: DX09525178

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 147, July 30-31, 1850

Description: Comments on his work and Mr. John's situation.


[Dillon] Mapother and talk of home. Wonder I do not get a letter from M [Mary Bilton]. / Mr Johns I hear boarding in house in the city; — described by Mapother as domiciled in a huge uncarpeted room, the only furniture of which consisted in a bed and chair. He hath goth his things from Holts [168 Duane St.], and oweth them over $100. What an awful slough of self-contempt does the universal cloud Self-Conciet lead us into. There was he, day by day, wasting time, imagining inventions leading $ naught, planning partnerships with [Henry] Hart, (who had he been less cool-headed and prudent than he is, would have been left responsible for the office proposed to be jointly taken by them;) — giving me commission to make drawings for him, and paying by ordering more; — all this, when penniless without any design of wrong doing a man may work infinite mischief. “Well — if to do well were as easy as to know How — ” Sweet Portia thou speakest truth in that.

31. Wednesday. When just about to start for the Office Mattice entered with $ notes in his hand, having some notion from my not having been there yester afternoon that I was thinking of backing out. Went to the Office, calling on and walking with Ben Kirstein (Philadelphia David) to Ann Street. Writing all the morning and afternoon, making calls at the Atlas’ Office and at Badeu [Jonathan F. Badeau]’s during the day. Evening as usual to Holts, and with Hart, [Frank] Royal, [William] Martin and Mapother to the old pier, and there for a hour and half or more.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-07-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
19th century


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