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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 81, April 16-22, 1851

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Identifier: DX01009613

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 81, April 16-22, 1851

Description: Comments on his work and telling ''snake stories'' with Homer Hall.


[Homer] Hall returned from Genessee, with the news that his father [Elisha Hall] and Cross would follow. Sate with us the remainder of the day.

17. Thursday. At work on the mahogany block and “Era’s” poster all the livelong day. Rain out o’doors. Alf [Waud] gilding the frames for Mrs Dob [Elizabeth Dobson]’s picture, and Homer Hall mostly with us, reading Boccace [Giovanni Boccaccio]. Evening, he and [Arthur] Mason in our room, also Davis the sailor turned Gilder, whom I and Alf visited in Brooklyn. He helping Alf till 11.

18. Friday. Mahogany block and poster, and rain all day.

19. Saturday. The same every whit. Alf unable to finish his work, defers going “till Monday.”

20. Sunday. Still rain and in-doors. A rhyming letter sent to Hall Senior at Genessee, suggesting the transmission of a cider barrel. Fred [Greatbatch] and Edward [Greatbatch] called in the afternoon. Evening sitting in the kitchen listening to snake stories chiefly told by Homer Hall. He is a hard headed independant fellow, has been engineer on Lake Michigan boats, driven a locomotive on a railroad, a travelling daguerrotypist, dealt in horses, farmed and what not. Has been in every state in the Union, save the new ones on the Pacific.

21. Monday. Down town spite of wet, to [William] Roberts, where I got the block containing [Thomas] Picton’s portrait, engraved. Took it, and the big mahogany drawing for poster to the “Era” Office, saw Tom Frank and left. To Wells and Webbs for blocks, then returning to [177] Canal along the North River. An atmosphere of mud damp and drizzle. Drawing the rest of the afternoon for Alf. He in a devil of a hurry, yet to no purpose, as he could not get the multiplicity of things done in time. Evening sitting imbibing a moderate quencher in the parlor with Homer Hall and Alf.

22. Tuesday. Down town, it being a glorious sunny, breezy day. To the Era Office. Picton not there, but learnt he was well content with the portrait. Return up Broadway, dandies and pretty women out in force.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-04-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
19th century
Great Lakes (North America)


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