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his flaws, but is not so bad.
  5.  Tuesday.  Battery walk with young Roslyn
Gill, a boy, staying at this boarding house.    He has lived
in California and Central America, and looks forward
to visit the latter again in the forthcoming month.    His
mother is a handsomish, coquettish Englishwoman, who has
been twice wed, and is again a widow.   She don t board
here.                  Divers calls, then back to writing, and thus
till late at night.  Wrote to Greatbatch
  6. Wednesday.  To the Post Office.  Writing the rest
of the time.         A letter from home,   from my mother
and Rosa,       Illish and despondent.
  7.  Thursday.  Snow falling fast.   Wrote letters to
Barth and Dillon.         At 8 or so, to the Waverly
house.    With Parton in his room, his wife being en dishabille
and invisible.    At his request I read over the Mammoth
Cave article, which he praised and rejected   as on a used-
up subject.
  8.  Friday. Down town, to the Post-Office, and re-
turned, to write.     Letters to Barth, Dillon &c
  9.  Saturday. Writing.   In the evening to the  Orni-
thorincus  taking with me one Pounden, a short, shrewdish,
opinionated, Irish born, German educated, young, down-town clerk,
boarding here.     It was nearly 10 when we arrived.  The
Arnolds, Yewel, Gaylor, Bellew, and some four or
five others had assembled, but not Banks.    He came in
presently, and anon others.   Sol Eytinge & Haney, O Brien
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and two
Description:Mentions visiting the Ornithorhyncus Club with Frank Pounden.
Subject:Arnold, George; Arnold, Jack; Banks, A.F.; Barth, William; Bellew, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gayler, Charles; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Rosa Anna; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Mapother, Dillon; O'Brien, Fitz James; Ornithorhynchus Club; Parton, James; Pounden, Frank; Yewell, George
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Waverly Place
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.