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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 179, September 8-11, 1851

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Identifier: DX09042962

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 179, September 8-11, 1851

Description: Mentions meeting a old schoolfellow of his named Wilkins.


want me, — and then — Bah! what stuff this is? What the devil’s it to do with me? Keep to your books, learn to know yourself, and be content with the part of looker on, not without Sympathy however.

9. Tuesday. To J B Holmes, doing another Flushing &c. landscape. A singular recontre with an old schoolfellow at Guthrie’s. Wilkins. Coming into the Office on business with Holmes, he hearing my name, at once recognized me — I should never have known him. He had used to stutter horribly, this didn’t appear. Many an evening have I, full twelve or more years back, spent at his fathers house, close by the Reservoir in the Hampstead Road. His mother I recollect as a good looking woman, and very kind to us. I was glad to hear of both parents being living. / He had met Guthrie, recently, and thinks he had been travelling as agent — how I’d like to find him out. Gave Wilkins my address — he ‘seemed pleased at the meeting, he living in Brooklyn. Called on [Charles F.] Anderson and got $5. / A letter from Dillon Mapother at dinner time. Holmes again. Mac Namara calling &c. Indoors writing all the evening; — commenced letter to [William] Boutcher.

10. Wednesday. Holmes’ all day. The heat of the weather intense. Very lonely, ill and matagrabolized. Writing in the evening. Joe [Greatbatch] called, which disposed me to think kindly of him.

11. Thursday. An hour at Holmes finished drawing. Got paid $5 for preceding debt. To Castle Garden for linen. None there. Been four days in the same shirt and feel filthy, as if living in another mans perspiration. Horribly sultry weather. Another unsuccessful visit there in the afternoon Writing during the evening till late, musquitos and fumigation. Met Donovan in the morning. Must send some M S to the “Albany Dutchman,” he says they’ll pay well, if articles suit.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-09-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Payment
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Clothing and dress
Publishers and publishing


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