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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 20, August 29-31, 1849

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Identifier: DX08865365

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 20, August 29-31, 1849

Description: Comments on what he would do if he was rich, a novel by the author G.P.R. James, and a rainstorm that kept him and his friends indoors.


him. What anxiety, insult and worry have I took to gain a petty $36. Well — If I ever be rich I’ll have a good word and a hand to help any poor young fellow who has to fight the hard battle I’m doing now.

30. Thursday. To New York and saw Appleton. Fresh Difficulties. He wants to swindle me, if he can, I see. Call again. A walk on to the battery. reading [G.P.R.] James “Agincourt.” Very, very dry novel spinning. You keep on reading, expecting something to turn up able to interest you, but lo — the book grows less and less and ends all tame. Lovers, mistakings — A few achievements — incidents and “now ‘tis ended like an old wife’s story .” Of Some novels of James’, read a few years ago I don’t remember one jot — a very bad sign. How difference from [Walter] Scott. / Evening, under the pilotage of Joe [Greatbatch], to a certain tavern and singing place in Canal Street. Singing atrocious. Intensely dreary altogether.

31. Friday. Wrote to [William] Boutcher. / Evening, rain storm out of doors, “a naughty night to swim in” — mosquitos indoors. The triumvirate of us blue devilled. So lying on the beds in which we had no hope of sleeping, we, with Ben Haun also, sung songs alternately till midnight, — then resigned ourselves to the insect phlebotamists.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-08-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Publishers and publishing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Rain and rainfall


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