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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 6, July 19-21, 1849

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Identifier: DX08806558

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 6, July 19-21, 1849

Description: Describes seeing the play ''New York as It Is'' at the National Theater in New York. Discusses a day spent meeting with publishers and trying to sell his work.


and Joe [Greatbatch] calling in the Evening; all three off to the "National" Theatre. "New York, as it is." A busting piece, no sort of plot, or any attempt at any. "Mose" in great glory; his chief business seeming to be knocking everybody about. The part of a "market loafer" well played. The piece over, left. Called in at a Book auction on our way home.

20. Friday. Called on [James G.] Wilson of the "Brother Jonathan," in Spruce Street. Then up the Bowery. Continued up street." At Bobbett and Edmonds for wood-block, to commence "Mose among the Britishers." Jersey City and dinner. Then over to New York and Wilson's again. "Cholera" unsaleable. Went to the "Ned Buntline" Office, but that worthy was out of town. Shower of rain. Sitting on a pile of mats in Broadway, opposite the Park, contemplatively blue devilled [depressed]. George [Bolton] paid me a visit in the Evening. Reading, Good old "book-fighter against blue-devils," Burton; and the book of Job — grandest of all grand dramas, sublimest of poetry, divinest of morals, "In God we live, and move, and have our being:" all proceedeth from him, and existeth in him. Most wondrous Eyes of an unknown Namer.

21. Saturday. Unwell, bodily and mentally. Drawing as much as I was able. Title for "Mose." In the Evening to New York. Risked a dollar and a half in advertising; —

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-07-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading


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