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a page or two would be well bestowed upon had I the
time to write  em.    He and little cockney cub Watson
spent some two months or so, sleeping in timber yards,
desperately hard up, and Watson almost despairing.
Little Edge told me lots of stories anent it, how they
fished, caught an eel, and bartered it at cook-shop for
grub, how he pawned his coat, how they held arguments
on all sorts of things, with much more.   He s the slim-
mest, frailest, weakest little spectacled creature you ever
saw.     He lives with a French modiste a la Paris.
I drop in at the Waverly as wont, and am fast
friends with Fanny Fern s two daughters.  They
have unlimited China dolls, furniture &c.    We talk
and cut jokes.     Col Forbes gave me a call once.
Banks don t come of course.    Wurzbach s been up once
or twice.
  12. Saturday.  Letters from Waud, Damoreau,
and Barth.   The former containing a commission.
which after going down town I set about.   Calling at
one Johnstone s, a tailor, in West Broadway for the ad-
dress of Mrs Jewell, I then went to her residence, Merton
Street,   not ten minutes walk from my present one.
Going up stairs I encountered two young ladies, the one
a dark, and the other a bright (ahem!) haired one,
and could percieve a little flutter of surprise on my appearance.
  (As it subsequently appeared they took me for Alf s
brother.)   I asked to see their mother, and after cal-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page two hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes a visit to the Jewell family on Merton Street at Alf Waud's request.
Date:1856-04-11
Subject:Banks, A.F.; Barth, William; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Edge, Frederick; Eldredge, Ellen; Eldredge, Grace (Thomson); Forbes, Hugh; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewell, Mrs.; Jewell, Selina (Wall); Johnstone (acquaintance); Sexton, Nelly; Watson, Frederick; Waud, Alfred; Waud, William; Wurzbach
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Merton Street; West Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
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.