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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 107, May 21-24, 1851

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Identifier: DX01021322

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 107, May 21-24, 1851

Description: Describes his work and meetings with various publishers.


back part of the way with me. By Alf [Waud]’s letter, I learn [Charles] Brown borrows money of him.

22. Thursday. Drawing all day, a glorious summer one; till evening. Called at [168] Duane Street, and a walk on the Battery. Getting back to Robinson Street about 11, while undressing, and after a thunder storm; streams of rain, wide, deep, broad lightning glare, and thunder so deep and dread that once did I start up aghast thinking a house near had fallen, struck by the levin bolt. And midst all of this the fire bells toll out, and the angry reflection, now paling, now waxing lurid through the rain-draft proclaim a terrible fire, and near. So did it prove — a factory in Duane, on the east side of Broadway was destroyed.

23. Friday. Drawing “Castle Williams” on wood all day, all alone; as I sit now in the evening. Wrote a letter to Alf Waud, and one to [Frederick] Gleason, to accompany the block tomorrow. Hope he’ll have it. I think it looks first-rate.

24 Saturday. Out, with the two oil paintings under my arm; first to Duane Street, then to [William] Roberts; then to “Era Office,” pictures greatly glorified. [Thomas] Picton suggests where to Raffle ‘em, and volunteers the detail. Thence to Atlas Office, more exhibiting. Southworth, “John Smith Junior” writeth a paragraph about them for to morrows “Atlas.” To Picayune-Dyspepsia Office, where I saw Woodworth. To [Warren] Butlers; — a job to do. To the Express Office, where I sent the block on to Boston. To Post Office. Butlers again. After dinner, drew on wood; the job complete, with it to Butlers. Calls again, “Pic,” bookstore in Nassaw [Nassau St.], [John N.] Genins, old [Horace] Greeleys and [Thomas W.] Strongs. Got job of drawing larger picture on wood, for a forthcoming New York Illustrated News; the which Strongs projecting, and calculates to lick the Boston paper. Saw the title. After supper to [177] Canal Street. Homer Hall queer, with head bandaged and physic taking; wife [Alzina Hall] nursing him. To Picton’s residence leaving the big Era Volume whilome borrowed. Then to 12th Street, as invited by [William] Brotherhead, whom I saw at Bobbett & Edmonds in the afternoon. There till 11, fumigating, moderately imbibing with him, and a young Englishman, an

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-05-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fires
Publishers and publishing
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)
Rain and rainfall
Fire alarms
Castle Williams (New York, N.Y.)


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