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on my last night s visit, from Clare and his sister s
reception.       Yet Covill had intimated his intention
of seeing Mrs Eytinge, inquiring the address of Haney,
and saying he could get it from the Directory, if
refused information.       The mother s anxiety had
been excited by a newspaper description of a drowned
man, which she fancied, resembled Sol.            Of course
I didn t enlighten Clarence.
  Writing to Hannah during the evening.  Up till 12.
Pounden came up.
  20.  Saturday.   Drawing till 2, rain pour-
ing down heavily out o  doors.   Rawson Gill came
up.        His mother, Mrs Gouverneur has been staying
here some two or three days.       She is a handsome,
ill-bred, selfish cockneyish woman, has been twice
married, and will be again, as she thinks
of little else.   She is well to do, having a pleasant
place up the Hudson, near West Point, where she
resides during the summer, coming to a New York
hotel for the benefit of balls and flirtations in
winter.     She sheds her H s right and left, is
prone to ask favors of everbody, to do little and
great meanesses, and to chatter.      Withal she s ra-
ther agreable when flattered, and in good humor  
and, as aforesaid, is pretty, as well as plump.
I had a chaffy conversation with her and Mrs
Potter, at the widow s chamber door.    Her room
adjoins mine, and after retiring, at night, we
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page seventy-three
Description:Describes Mrs. Gouverneur.
Date:1856-09-19
Subject:Bennett, Hannah; Coville; Eytinge, Clarence; Eytinge, Miss; Eytinge, Mrs.; Eytinge, Solomon; Gill, Rawson; Gouverneur, Mrs. (Gill, Griffin); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Potter, Mrs.; Pounden, Frank; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
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.