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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 47, November 2-3, 1849

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Identifier: DX08979332

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 47, November 2-3, 1849

Description: Mentions a visit to the Greatbatch family and having to accept half-price pay from B.F. Childs for drawings originally done for Robert Roberts.


out the Wenham. Evening with [Jabez] Wing — purchased a stove and pipe, “fixing” the same.

3. Saturday. Letter from Cary and Hart, declining “Cholera [in Gotham]” and suggesting “Mose [among the Britishers]” as mentioned by me to them. Afternoon to the American Tract Society. [Benjamin F.] Childs — Fresh disagreeables. Got $9 — half price. [Robert] Roberts’ brother-in-law, a young fellow there detests the transaction and Childs for it — considering him a humbug and liar — and that he produced drawings not done by himself and assumed the merit. Indignantly sympathetic with me, and “sure Roberts would have liked the drawings.” So think I. / Went to the Bowery — Tailor there. Then to Christopher Street and the Greatbatchs, where I learnt to my surprise that Joe has been in New York all the time since his last arrival, ill, or entertaining the resolve and fervent belief that he is so. He’s at Duane Square. Mr. [Joseph] Greatbatch and the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch]. I always have the warmer welcome from the latter. Won’t call again for a month or more. Left and to the Bowery Schnieders. Over coat not arrived — so strolled into the “Bowery Fancy fair” Wheels of Fortune, whereby payment of a shilling you may win something ingeniously useless which might be worth six pence. Lowther Arcade articles. Ordinary looking girls in cotton, housemaid-looking frocks. Lots of pictures hanging about. And at the end of the room some twenty or thirty volumes of old books. Latin, French and German, besides English. Fun to see half a dozen “Bowery b’hoys” grinning over an antique

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-11-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Publishers and publishing
Clothing and dress


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