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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 26, September 10-11, 1849

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Identifier: DX08890628

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 26, September 10-11, 1849

Description: Describes the end of his journey to Philadelphia and his day meeting with publishers there.


Americanized Irishman, who told me he kept a Porter house in New York. Yet he was a tea-totaller and refused whiskey. Day down on the Delaware, (a noble sheet of freshwater). And a glorious sight to to see the sun rise “Nor dim, nor red; — like God’s own head ,” scattering the lazy mist that lay so thick on one of the riverbanks that it hid it from sight. On the top most part of the boat, lying down by the chimney for warmth and dryness, and thus I came in sight of of Philadelphia. Verily the quaker city is a fine one, spires, trees, island and all. Landed, and to a Hotel and Restaurant 35 Jack Street. Breakfast, a good wash, boot clean, and then drawings in hand set out on my rounds. Up Chestnut Street, the Broadway of Phila…

11. Tuesday. …delphia. Calls on Publishers — Peterson [T.B. Peterson and Brothers]. “Nothing doing at all in my way.” Very brusque. Cary and Hart [Carey and Hart]. Saw the latter [Abraham Hart]. a gentleman. Appointed to meet me in New York, whither he should be on the 18, 19, and 20th of the month at an Auction book sale; at 204 Broadway; when he would introduce me to all the publishers he knew, of Boston &c. and “in case he should think of doing anything” with my “Cholera” sketches, he could decide on it. / To Lea and Blanchard’s, next door. Very polite. Then to [Louis A.] Godeys, of the “Lady’s Book” [Godey’s Lady’s Book] and present-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-09-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Publishers and publishing
Drinking of alcoholic beverages
Bars (Drinking establishments)
Delaware River (N.Y.-Del. and N.J.)


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