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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 5, July 18-19, 1849

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Identifier: DX08802365

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 5, July 18-19, 1849

Description: Discusses his day meeting with engravers and lithographers, trying to sell his work, and going to the ''Five Points'' slum in the evening with two friends.



18. Wednesday. Over to New York [from Jersey City]. After waiting some time at Stringer and Townsends [publishers] for the former [James Stringer], strolled into the Park. Smoked a cigar, then back again. Saw [James] Stringer. Declined taking my "Cholera in Gotham," inasmuch as it would involve considerable outlay. Called in on [Robert] Roberts [publisher], he not there, "sick." Called on [Edward] Bookhout and other engravers. [Thomas] Bonar, lithographer, an Irishman sketchman suggested our doing the things in common, if I don't dispose of them. Called in at Bobbett and Edmunds [wood engravers], and had a proposal made by the former [Albert or Alfred Bobbett] of getting up a Series on some other topic, they cutting them, and then offering to sell them to Stringer and Townsend. Think it over. Home. Dined. Then in the afternoon wrote out a half score of subjects on "Mose among the Britishers." Joe [Greatbatch] and George [Bolton] coming, we went over to New York. A stroll up Broadway, down Anthony [now Worth Street], and to that charming locality the "Five Points." Negress prostitutes, Irish, blackguards of all hues and nations, tumble down shantys, dancing cellars, spirits, stink, and crime. Calling in at the Shades, an hotel a la Anglais, in Reade Street, had a glass of ale, the Dispatch and Punch.

19. Thursday. To New York. Long's, Ann Street. "Can't venture to bring out anything now" — every body out of town. To [Thomas] Strongs [publisher]. Saw him, but he did not seem inclined to Venture. At Bobbett & Edmonds an hour or so, then to Jersey City and dinner. George [Bolton]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-07-18

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Engravers
Five Points (New York, N.Y.)
Publishers and publishing
African Americans


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