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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 152, August 11-14, 1850

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Identifier: DX09546998

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 152, August 11-14, 1850

Description: Mentions his work and his frustration with his present situation.


11. Sunday. Morning mis-spent by going to the Battery. There reading Zanoni [by Edward Bulwer-Lytton]. Met Frank Royal, and afterwards [William] Hunter. With the latter walked back, looking into the Astor House in out way. Called at Mr [Henry] Harts. Reading all the afternoon. Evening with Mr Hart & [William] Martin to Hoboken, and a ramble there. Glorious sunset. (What an absurdity have I perpetrated in yesterdays chronicle, writing down [Dillon] Mapother as Basmaison — verily he is like him.

12. Monday. In-doors all day, reading and matagrabolized. Sitting with [Charles F.] Brown during the evening, Joe [Greatbatch] called, (to borrow $2)

13. Tuesday. To the “Life” Office. Mattice still down east; engaged by Van Fleet to scribble a little there. At it all the morning. Afternoon down town again. Calling in at the “Atlas” Office disposed of the sketch of “the B’hoys running with the masheene.” To Wells & Webb; to Wall Street ; then to the “Life” Office. Writing all the afternoon. Evening in doors; a terrific rain and lightning storm out. In company with Brown; whom I am learning to like more and more.

14. Wednesday. To the “Life” Office, calling once or twice at [Jonathan F.] Badeaus. Afternoon the same, and about Nassau. Returned very blue devilled; — heartily weary of this “holding-on” desultory life; — so heart sick of it, and of the dim future, and impatiently angry with myself for not doing what perchance I could not — (striking out into some better sphere;) — that I veritably felt curious of the carmen and bricklayers in the street, at their stated, fairly recompensed toil. Ah me, for how

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-08-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Fire fighters
Publishers and publishing


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