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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 174, October 1-3, 1850

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Identifier: DX09643303

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 174, October 1-3, 1850

Description: Mentions his work and feelings of depression.



1. Tuesday. Making a bit of a sketch for [Warren] Butler & Browns drew frame, when [Dillon] Mapother called. With him to [168] Duane Street, to Spruce, to the “Atlas” and “Life” Offices, and to the Post Office. Then to the Battery, and visiting Rabineaus found the awning taken down & preparations made for putting the Bath into winter quarters. Returned along the North River. Wrote to my mother [Naomi Butler Gunn] during the rest of the day. [Charles] Brown out doing his wooing with his “little black eyed ugly, intellectual Dora [probably Charlotte Kidder].”

2. Wednesday. In-doors all day. Rain and chilly winds out of doors. So sad, so utterly dispirited and wretched that I can call to mind no time equalling it. At times in a half despairing agony at the want of work. Drawing three little sketches to submit to [Wardle] Corbyn of “Figaro.” At night till 11 writing an article, to the best of my ability, with intent to take it to [Henry] Fowler, for Holden’s dollar Magazine. Assuredly I had had a better fate had I been at some hard-handed trade. Each week might have produced enough to live on.

3. Thursday. To Duane Street. Lessons again. At 11 went to Barclay Street and saw Corbyn. Two sketches accepted. Off to [Thomas W.] Strongs for blocks, from thence to the “Life” Office, and to the Ned Buntlinean one. Then returning to Strongs; — not got the blocks, so went to Wells and Webbs and purchased them. At work till 8 on them, when they were completed.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1850-10-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Drawing
Publishers and publishing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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