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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 27, September 11-12, 1849

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Identifier: DX08894842

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 27, September 11-12, 1849

Description: Gives his thoughts on the differences between Philadelphia and New York. Describes his day calling on publishers and engravers in Philadelphia while looking for work.


ed Long’s letter. Then a long way up Chestnut, calling wherever I saw a publisher (saving Appletons — brother to the New York curs [D. Appleton and Co.].) A stroll about Philadelphia suburbs. A fine and pleasant city. A more “conservative look about it” than New York the dirty, reminding me of much of the west end of London under a finer climate. Women very well dressed and wear the prettiest petite, delicious little boots in the world, the smallest conceivable tip of glazed leather on the toe. More trees about Philadelphia than New York. The city altogether looks more Aristocratic. Fine white-marble buildings, one I well recollected having seen in daguerreotype at [J.E.] Mayalls, in London. About 3 dined, fried oysters and omelette. Then to “David’s,” and in another couple of hours to bed, being too tired for further rambling.

12. Wednesday. Up early, breakfast, and off on my rounds. To the Publishing Office of Sartain’s Magazine. A Mr. Swanacre. Appointment at 1. Thenceforth to a Mr. Butler [E.H. Butler and Co.], publisher, and from thence to many and multiform Publishers. Grigg, Elliot [Grigg and Elliot], Barrington and Haswell, Cowperthwaite [T. Cowperthwaite and Co.]. Gihon, (Engraver). Thus till 1, then to Walnut St. & Mr. Swanacre. With him to Mr. Sartain’s. Talk of my doing the whole of the Illustrative to the Magazine. Appointment at 4. Dined at little French Restaurant, then more calls. To the office of the “Courier.” To a Mr. [John] Frost, Engraver. Strongly advised to apply for Govermental Office to Alexander Dallas Bache Superintendant of the coast Survey, per letter, Professor Frost

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-09-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Publishers and publishing


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