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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 9, October 23-27, 1850

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Identifier: DX09722458

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 9, October 23-27, 1850

Description: Mentions his work and comments on his desire for a home of his own.


Evening a clerk, (the Irishman) from [Charles F.] Andersons came, with message from him, requiring my services, bidding me come on Monday next. [Alfred] Waud came in the evening.

24. Thursday. Putting the [Thomas] Pictonian subject on the block all day. Evening, Daniels, [Charles] Brown, Waud, and afterwards [Warren] Butler present. Ale and talk. Waud this day taketh up his residence in 177 Canal. At his returning he findeth the door locked, the old gentleman within the room declineth opening; colloquy ensueth, Brown prieth door open.

25. Friday. Damp, dismal, disgusting weather, no stirring. Drawing new subject anticipating for Picton. Waud with me in evening &c.

26. Saturday. Still raining sans pause. Turned out; to [G.P.] Putnam’s, to the Era Office, to Holden’s Magazine Office, to Butler and Brown’s new store, [Henry] Fowler’s Buildings, up unlimited stairs enow to wind the angels of Jacob’s ladder; other calls &c, then returned wet through. Out again in the afternoon, to Putnams, to Holden’s, where I saw, and had an auspicious confab with Fowler. Then to the Engravers in 136 Nassau. Then to Brown, and anon back by 6, wet again. Evening in doors with Waud and Brown. Fumigation and philosophic converse.

27. Sunday. In doors all day, having Waud for company. Brown en attendance on his ladye [Lotty Kidder]. A blustering, chilly casement shaking wind abroad, interspersed with dull rain-drizzlings, splenetic and wailing air-spirits driven to and fro complainingly. Drawing on canvas in the morning and general pottering about. In the afternoon lying on the bed, talking with Waud, he having taken my place on the “Masheene” picture; or with bed clothes heaped over head mutely picturing what a home I would fain have, and contrasting it with this present. Well let the good steed Fancy take bridle tween her teeth, and whither will she conduct me — to a quiet, well ordered apartment, books and flowers, a cheerful fire burning, heavy curtains drawn excluding the atmospheric and outer world; and I myself reposing on luxurious sofa, my head lying on the dear bosom of she who loves me [Mary Bilton], my lips murmuring half formed words of intense silent happiness, the

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-10-23

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Publishers and publishing


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