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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 62, December 7-11, 1849

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Identifier: DX09017483

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 62, December 7-11, 1849

Description: Mentions creating drawings for Mose among the Britishers and listening to Hugh Muir talk about a girl in a nearby candy shop.


7. Friday. Drawing on “Mose [among the Britishers].” Very, very lonely at heart. / A new Boarder appeareth — an Oxford man [Bill Collinson], recently arrived in this country. Nocturnally he coucheth in our room with Hughie.

8. Saturday. “Mose” all day. Wretch of a small boy out of doors hammering on a big child’s drum sans intermission.

9. Sunday. Wrote to M [Mary Bilton] — “patience is stale, and I am weary of it .” Out of doors sleet, rain, snow, in doors head and heart aching. Took a hour and half walk in the evening spite of the weather, with Hughie Muir, (that’s his name I find.) He narrateth how the vestal of the “candy-shop” having many “fooling round” her hath disgusted him with the pursuit, wherefore he thinking of abandoning the same. Long walk, Grove Street and Pavonia-wards.

10. Monday. Unwell, ill-tempered, splenetic, matagrabolized. Hard at work on “Mose.” Evening reading [Robert] Burns and [Francois] Rabelais with Hughie.

11. Tuesday. Went to Post Office. A letter for me, but from George Bolton. A poor one sheet of note-paper after all this delay, “mountain in labour” — (Won’t write myself for a devil of a time.) Poor old John Harris the farm labourer, who in face might have stood for a portrait of [George] Crabbe’s Isaac Ashford, is dead! / Returning, all the trees deep covered with their winter foliage. I love snow, it is so beautiful, and varied in the multiform shape it takes. /

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-12-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Books and reading


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